Friday, September 18, 2009

Custom Builders can help those on ANY budget!

There are a lot of people who tend to steer clear of building a new home. I am not just talking about walking into a model home and picking out 3 or 4 options and having a new home in 3-4 months. I am referring to sitting down with a custom builder and having him build the house of your dreams.

There are many reasons why people tend to stay away from this option.

1) Time. Custom homes can take anywhere from 6 months to two years. This of course depends on the budget and how often the wife changes the cabinets and wall colors :)

2) Effort. This task is far above and beyond the typical walk-through a model home and picking out 1 of 4 tile options. This is a start from scratch job that requires figuring out floor plans, the land to build it on, and THEN all the paint, brick, roof, and tile colors. This is not a one hour meeting!

3) Money. Generally to do a true custom home takes more dollars per square foot than most "cookie cutter" homes because...well...they're cookie cutter.

I have recently been working with a home builder here in Nashville that can debunk all of those myths. He even pays a Real Estate agent their commission who brings him buyers. He believes that having a Realtor will help the process run smoother and is well worth his dime.

I have seen his work and he is just about impeccable. He builds anything from a 1200 sf barn in Liepers Fork to a multi million dollar estate in Franklin. As far as price goes, he can stay within your budget! Clients meet with him with their max budget for land and everything. He then tells them everything he CAN do within that price range.

The Effort is taken on by the builder. Sure, you can go out there everyday while it is under construction but he takes on all the work and headache. This of course is where the agent comes into play. We have a reputation for taking bullets for our clients:)

The time it takes is generally 6 months! I know this is about 2 months longer than building a spec home BUT instead of spec you get your DREAM HOME!!

Don't forget to count out the custom builders for your clients! This could be the best decision they make!

Stephen Strickhausen




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