The Texas Hill Country has become one of the most desirable places to live. People from near and far flock to experience the laid-back lifestyle of cities like Boerne, Comfort and Fredericksburg, searching for a home that reflects the charming qualities of their new community.
It’s easier than ever to design and build the custom home of your dreams while living in another city or state, or even country, during construction. Here are a few simple tips that can help you avoid potential problems.
Do your research.
Research is key in the design-build process. First, start by familiarizing yourself with the community you want to move to. Learn about things like property values, geography, schools, crime rates and nearby medical providers. It’s important to choose a location to build that complements your family’s lifestyle.
Choose the right builder.
By learning about builders in the area, you can choose a company whose design style and build philosophy aligns best with your needs. Most builders have websites where you can learn more about their company and view pictures of completed projects.
Narrow down your list of potential builders and interview a couple that appear to be the best fit. Here are a few things that can give you a better feel for a builder’s capabilities:
- A list of references and customer testimonials
- Photos of completed projects
- What systems are in place for them to work with clients long-distance.
Remember–you won’t be there personally overseeing the construction, so it’s crucial to trust the builder you choose for your new home project.
Commit to a few visits.
If you choose to build a home in a different city or state, it would be wise to commit to a few visits during the design and build process. An initial, in-person meeting with your builder is a great way to discuss your budget and preferences, establish expectations and set a timeline for completion. You may also like to visit the home site a few times during the build process or do a final walkthrough once the project is complete.
Advancements in technology make it easier than ever to be a part of the entire home design and build process. Many builders will arrange virtual meetings and send photographs throughout the project so you can make material selections and view progress.
Nothing can replace experiencing the design and build process in person, but planning from a distance is still a viable option for many people. A smaller firm like Authentic Custom Homes commits to providing the one-on-one attention you desire, giving you peace of mind when your dream home is under construction miles away.