Real estate is on everyone’s lips these days, especially in the hot Vancouver housing market. Building a custom home is the culmination a lifelong dream for many people, and it’s something that we take very seriously at Mercia Construction. When building a home, there are many decisions that need careful consideration, and there are many traps to fall into, especially if you are an inexperienced home builder. Let’s just say, home building is not for the faint of heart.
Deciding to go with a custom home builder has many advantages. But before you go ahead and decide that a custom home builder is right for you, you should come up with a clear set of needs. Start jotting down notes regarding the size, price range and type of home. Are you building a laneway house in your back yard or are you investing in your multilevel dream home? Having a clearly defined set of objectives and needs will help you decide if choosing a custom home builder is right for you.
If you are leaning toward a custom home builder, narrow down your options to two or three and start doing research. You can find reviews online (although you should always take them with a grain of salt!) and once you’ve narrowed down your options, ask if you can tour some past homes. The home builder might have model homes or access to homes build prior that you can inspect. Take your time to examine the craftsmanship and the quality of materials used.
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Now it’s time to see if your home builder can bring to life the vision for your house, not all custom home builders will take on any project and if you are designing your dream house, you want to find the builder that is right for you. One of the advantages of hiring custom home builders is because you can work closely with them and if anything goes wrong along the way, and when it comes to building something usually does, they will be there with you. At Mercia Construction, we are proud of the houses we build and are available to our clients every step of the way.
Another advantage to choosing a custom home builder is because of the complicated nature of hiring general contractors. Let’s face it, with building and construction going full steam ahead in Vancouver, there is a lot of room for inexperienced and unqualified companies to pop up. A general contractor might even seem legitimate with a professional looking website and testimonials to boot, but you can never be too careful when hiring general contractors. (Of course, there are more good than bad out there, but it is something to be wary of.)
Fortunately, if you take the step to hire a custom home builder, many of the worries that come along with hiring high quality general contractors and coordinating them (which is a huge job in itself) is off your plate, your builder will take care of it for you. We have excellent relationships with professional contractors and stand behind the people we hire.
Choosing a custom home builder is not for everyone but in a unique place like Vancouver, where land is scarce and valuable and creative solutions for housing are popping up up all the time, a custom home builder can help ease some of the worry and stress that comes with building. After all, it is a dream come true for many people to build a home of their own and it should be treated with the utmost care.
At Mercia Construction, we have an amazing team to answer any questions you might have about custom home building and whether or not it is right for you. We pride ourselves on building your home your way and we will happily offer you a free quote if you are serious about building. We look forward to hearing from you soon.