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4 Important Factors When Building A Custom Home, pt. 2

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

(This is part 2 of a 2 part series)

Don’t Underestimate Kitchen Power

Here is a news flash. Women Buy Houses! This is an understood rule in the real estate industry. If you sell the wife, she will sell the husband. There is no more of a universal environment for women than the kitchen. This may seem a little chauvinistic, but the numbers back it up. Women are heavily influenced by what they see in the kitchen when they are home shopping. Right now you are probably noticing that so far both tips have been focused on making sure that the house will sale when you are ready to sale it. Even when you are a building a house for the purpose of occupying it, you are till building it to sell. The very value of your home is based on the projection of what it will sell for.

Don’t Overbuild

You will be tempted to try to squeeze everything that you have ever dreamed of into this house. Don’t do it. Once again, everyone will not like everything that you like, plus you don’t want to overbuild your area. In other words, the area that you live in has a certain range in comparative home value and a common type of elevation. If you build too far past the average comparative home value, you run the risk of losing non-recuperative value in the home. The value of other homes in your area will have a bearing on the value of your home.

Choose Your Contractor Wisely

No matter how involved you plan on being in the building process, you will want to choose a very reputable contractor. Make sure you get know your project or site manager well before the process begins, and always express your requests and concerns to him; not the sub-contractors.

If you follow these simple steps you will find the process and the outcome will be something that you can be proud of.

+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