Building your own custom home can be incredibly exciting and gives you the freedom to design it to your exact specifications. But to ensure a great end result, it’s important to do your planning and cover all the bases. This starts with asking some key questions before building.

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What’s my budget?

This is perhaps the most important question of all and will impact many aspects of building. Be sure to consider the cost of buying land, hiring an architect, building materials, labor, permits, and unexpected costs.

How will I finance building my home?

In some cases, individuals will have enough cash to fund their home building without borrowing. However, it often requires financing, such as a construction loan or mortgage. 

How much square footage do I need?

Next, you’ll need to consider what size you want your home to be — something that will mainly depend on the number of family members you have. Also, be sure to factor in if your family will be growing in the future.

What type of home do I want?

Some common options are a single-family home, townhouse, cottage, bungalow, and split-level home. Also, consider the style of architecture you want, such as ranch style, contemporary, and so on. 

Do I need an architect or designer?

Designing a home from the ground up can be a daunting task, and many people can benefit from working with a professional. If you’re in this camp, you’ll want to give careful consideration to an architect or designer, making sure they share your vision and look at their previous results.

Are there any building restrictions in my area?

Things like building codes, zoning regulations, and permits can differ considerably from area to area. Therefore, you’ll want to thoroughly familiarize yourself with what’s required.

How long will the construction process realistically take?

The key word here is realistically. You’ll want to get a projected timeline while taking into account any potential setbacks that may happen along the way.

Ready to take the next step in your home-building journey? At Sortino Properties, our team can help you turn your dream into a reality. We serve the Rochester, NY area and will be glad to help you get started on building your perfect home. Contact us today by calling 585-225-7000, or emailing us through our secure online contact form