Feel confident about your custom home construction by following these simple do's and don'ts. You don't need to feel overwhelmed by such a big undertaking. We can help you make your custom home construction a pleasant experience, and you will be so happy with the results. At Conlin Premier Construction, we have over 30 years of experience in the custom home construction field. You can trust us to help you through every step of the process. Contact Conlin today to get started on your dream home.

Custom Home Construction Do's

Set Your Budget Beforehand and Stick to It

Setting a budget may be difficult - and sticking to it can be even harder. Determine how much money you have to work with and if you require financing. Then, contact your financial institution to look around for a construction mortgage

Make a list of "must haves" and " would likes," and then prioritize that list. Include in your budget all of the things that you absolutely want to have, and then add in the things that you would like. Then, rank these items in order of importance with what is left over. You will probably find that unexpected costs will come up along the way, so it's a good idea to leave a bit of space in your budget for these surprises.

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Choose a lot that fits your budget and your vision

Research Your Lot Beforehand

If you don't already have your lot, here are some tips to help you choose the right one:

  • Budget: Keep your budget in mind and choose a lot that won't cost you so much that you will have to sacrifice on some things in your home that you really want.
  • Size: Choose a lot that is going to be large enough for the size of home that you want and that will also accommodate any outside features, such as a pool or play area for children.
  • Surroundings: Check out the surroundings and consider things such as: will the smell of a nearby farm bother you? Or, will the noise from a railway be an issue?
  • Amenities: Do you need the lot to be close to schools, do you prefer being in the country or city, would you like have convenient shopping, or other desired amenities.
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Choose a reputable builder you can trust to do the work properly

Choose a Reputable Builder

Choosing your builder is one of the most important steps in custom home construction. If you choose a reputable builder, then you can trust that they know what they are doing. You won't have to worry about the job being done properly, and you can rely on their expertise to help you make the right decisions about things such as the best types of materials to use.

There are advantages to choosing the right builder early in the process because they will be able to work with you right from the start and help to guide you as you go along. Builders can be busy, especially the best ones, so the more lead time you can give them the better.

Determine Your Vision for Your Home

Carefully think about your vision for your home and talk it through with the rest of your family. Decide on things like:

  • How large you would like your home to be?
  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • Do you need large entertaining areas?
  • Do you want extra space for overnight or long-term guests?
  • Are stairs a problem or do you want more than one storey?
  • Do you prefer a traditional, modern, contemporary design?
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Decide what design style you prefer: traditional, modern, or contemporary

Maintain Consistent Communication

Keep in touch with your builder throughout the building process. If possible, make a quick visit to the construction site each day. That way you can catch any miscommunications about what you want before they become too costly to fix. Often, how you pictured the layout on paper is very different from the reality. Making changes earlier in the process is much easier and less costly than when the home is already finished.

Custom Home Construction Don'ts

Don't Hold Back Your Ideas or Desires for Your Home

Always remember that this is going to be your home. You are the one who is going to live in it and enjoy it, not your builder or architect. That's why it's so important to be totally honest and to make sure that your ideas and desires are heard and carried out. Don't hold back.

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Make sure your builder knows your ideas and desires for your home

Don't Fail to Do Your Research

As we said in the Do's section, choosing the right builder is one of the most important steps in your custom home construction process. Make sure you do your research so that you get the right one.

Get Personal References: A personal reference is probably the most reliable, so ask family and friends for recommendations of trusted builders that they have used before.

Ask a Local Real Estate Agent: If you don't have family or friends who have built a home locally, then talk to a local real estate agent. They work closely with builders and they will be able to let you know which ones their previous clients have been satisfied with.

Check Out Your Local Home Builders Association: Your local home builders association can give you a list of local new home builders that meet their standards of professionalism.

Meet with the Builder: Talking face to face with your prospective builde will give you a chance to see if this is a person that you can work with. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Don't Sacrifice on Your Builder

Your new custom home is probably the biggest investment that you will make in your lifetime, so don't cut corners. If you want a quality home, then you need to hire a quality builder. This is not an area where you want to try to save a few bucks. Choose a builder who is registered to build new homes in Ontario. Only homes that are constructed by a registered home builder in Ontario are considered legally built homes. To find out if the builder you are considering is currently registered to legally build you a home, consult the Ontario Home Builders' Directory.

Custom Home Construction Do's and Don'ts

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Trust Conlin Premier Construction for Your Custom Home Construction

You can trust Conlin to build your perfect custom luxury home at an affordable price. At Conlin, we take pride in every home we construct. If you are looking for a custom home, built exactly to your specifications and with the high quality you want, contact Conlin Premier Construction. You can rely on us to help you build a house that is perfect for you and your family.

At Conlin, we do all of the work ourselves and we have our own sub-contractors who do the mechanical work. This means that we are in charge of the quality control on every part of your home's construction, from start to finish. We also make sure that you are with us all through the process. Your complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal and that is why we prioritize excellent communication.

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At Conlin Premier Construction, we have over 30 years of experience building custom homes, custom cottages, additions, and unique outbuildings with the highest standard of workmanship and all of our homes are backed by the Tarion New Home warranty. If you are looking for a premier builder in the Kawartha Lakes region that you can trust, talk to the professionals at Conlin and then contact us today for a no obligation quote.