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4 Important Factors When Building a Custom Home, pt 1

by Kuhrich on Monday, September 23, 2013

(This is part 1 of a 2 part series)

So, you are preparing to build your dream home. This is an exciting time for you and there are a million things going through your mind. This is the moment where to stop and take a deep breath. You have been moving a million miles an hour and the slab pouring ceremony is rapidly approaching. Right now is where you take the time to review all last minute considerations.

Building your own custom home is a monumental endeavor. Even if you are a builder, taking on your own home brings in some dynamics that make it much different that the contract jobs you may have taken in the past. One of the worst mistakes that you can make at this juncture is to underestimate the task at hand.

This brief article will point out five things that require some serious consideration when finalizing the design and beginning the building process.


One of the most common mistakes that home owners make when building their own home is over-customize. What this means is that the owners build the home with great specificity to their particular preferences. To a certain extent this is fine; however, when some of the customizations are extremely unique and uncommon, it could have a negative impact in the long run. No matter how much a family insists that they will never sale their home, the numbers show that they most likely will.

When you over-customize your home you could be adding elements that will make it extremely hard to sell. You don’t want home that someone would have to totally rebuild before they would be willing to move in. It will be almost impossible to sell if/when that day comes.  You don’t want a bunch of customizations that only you like.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com