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Tips for Building Your First Custom Home

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Building a new custom home is a labor of love. The process requires a lot of planning, and can come with associated stress over how everything will come together. But taking your first steps into your dream home is well worth it, and a little organization and research will go a long way to easing your mind from homesite selection to the final touches.

Whether you’re building a luxury home in one of our established communities or a homesite of your own, these 10 tips will make the process easier.

Choose your builder wisely.

The builder you work with will determine the outcome of the entire project. Be sure to check reviews and references, and know what to look for when choosing a home builder, like how long they’ve been in business and what their industry involvement is like.

Set your budget.

No matter how big or small your budget is, set one before you make any selections. New additions and features will have extra costs associated, so keep that in mind when planning what you want in your home.

Create priority and wish lists.

To help you stick to your budget, make a list of things you absolutely want or need in your new custom home, and a second “wish list” of things you’d like to have. If you have available budget after pricing out your must-haves, you can add the top features from your wish list.

Examine the warranty.

Most builders will offer some kind of warranty with your new custom home, but some offers are better than others. Look for a builder with a long-term structural warranty to give you ease of mind for any potential future issues.

Talk to the neighbors.

Your potential new neighbors will be able to offer a lot of information about your new community. From traffic and noise levels to the quality of amenities and how happy they are with their home purchase, living there every day makes them experts on the area.


Mentally walk through the floor plan.

Do this 10, 20, 100 times. Think about how the rooms will flow together, if the closets make sense, and how a kitchen island will be useful for your everyday needs. If your builder offers move-in-ready homes or models with similar floor plans, use this to your advantage.

Opt for energy efficient features.

Even if these appliances or building materials cost more up front, the savings you’ll get from these features is well worth it. Be sure to work with a builder who utilizes these materials and, better yet, has a full environmental commitment with all their properties.

Don’t forget outdoor living spaces.

The outdoor areas surrounding your home can easily be neglected if you’re focused on countertops and walk-in pantries. But these spaces can be one of the most cherished areas of your home to provide the perfect setting for entertaining or relaxing year-round.

Build space for your hobbies.

In addition to outdoor spaces, leave room for your hobbies. After all, this is your dream home! Whether you want a craft room, a space to display collectibles or the perfect home library, now is your opportunity to build in ample space to enjoy your favorite activities.

Don’t skimp on details.

Building a custom home is your opportunity to have everything exactly the way you want it. Sticking to your budget is important, but it’s easier to get the home you want from the beginning than to make substantial changes later. Even the smallest details can come together to make your house a home.

Building a Custom Home with Neal Signature Homes

When you’re ready to build your first luxury, custom home in southwest Florida, let Neal Signature Homes guide you every step of the way. From choosing the perfect homesite to decorating inside and out, our experts will create a modern luxury home that fits your lifestyle and preferences.

To see where your next home could be, view the neighborhoods we build in. For more information — or if you’re ready to get started — contact us online today.