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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your New Custom Home

So much goes into the planning of a custom built home. From design to the day you move in every little detail can feel more than a little overwhelming. When this happens there’s plenty of opportunities for mistakes. Here we offer   mistakes to avoid when designing your new custom home based on tried and true experience. 

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your New Custom Home

A custom built home, for most homeowners in the Quad Cities area, is a dream come true. You get the opportunity to design and build your home for your family the way you want it to be. Sometimes, however, mistakes are made. Some of these are simply oversights you’ll learn to live with but others can turn your dream home into a nightmare. 

1. Location, Location, Location

One of the biggest factors in building your custom home is the location. Opting for a poor location impacts your quality of life in your new home as well as the resale value. Do your due diligence by confirming the property suits your lifestyle today and in the future. If you’re unfamiliar with the surrounding neighborhoods drive around and investigate. Is it close to good schools? Convenient to shopping? Away from noisy and busy streets and intersections? Does the lot support the style of home you wish to build?

Make sure your location is the right one for you and your family. This is one of the top mistakes to avoid before you even begin designing your home.

2. Spend Time on The Design Process

Some homeowners already know what they want in a custom home design. Some simply have a general idea and some people are all over the map. Be sure you spend a good deal of time with the right design team so that you are more than satisfied when the custom build is complete. Bring all of your ideas to our professional design team and together we’ll go through the process of designing your home. Because what’s on paper doesn’t always meet your expectations we offer our virtual reality home tour. You get to see what your design looks like by walking through in virtual 3D reality. There are many mistakes to avoid when designing your home and our virtual tool helps prevent changes that could cost time and money once the custom build is under way.  

3. Not Planning for The Future is One of The Top Mistakes to Avoid

When you begin the design process you need to keep your future in mind. It’s very easy to get caught up in the here and now. It’s great that you’re able to run up two flights of stairs without pausing right now but what about in 40 years? You might think the space you design is ideal for you and your spouse and small children but blink once or twice and those small children are teenagers who need a place to kick back away from their parents. Likewise too much space may be a burden once the kids are grown and flown. 

4. Plan for Delays

The time between designing your home and completing the custom building process is long but it may be even longer and all the more frustrating if you don’t plan for delays. As we’ve seen in recent years supply chain interruptions can shut things down for a bit. Bad weather may make it difficult to proceed with construction and any changes you make also interrupt your timeline. Take a deep breath and expect those interruptions and delays, more often than not through no one’s fault. When it comes to mistakes to avoid this should be a no-brainer. 

5. You Don’t Need to Micromanage The Experts

One of the more difficult mistakes to avoid is interfering where you absolutely should not interfere. When you hire contractors and construction experts you do so because they have experience and credibility in their field. Subcontractors take their orders from the builder or construction manager. It’s not your place nor your job to interfere. If you have a legitimate concern speak to the builder or construction manager. 

We Can Help You Understand the Mistakes to Avoid

Don’t let your dream home turn into a nightmare. Knowing what mistakes to avoid when you design your custom home is easier when you put your trust in your neighbors at Seiffert Custom Homes. We’ve been the Quad Cities’ go-to design and home building experts for over a century. We have the know-how and we have the experience. Bring your ideas to us and we will turn your dream home into a dream-come-true. Contact Seiffert Custom Homes today.