Custom Homes: Buyer’s Guide to Success

Custom Homes: Buyer's Guide to Success

Ready to enter the luxury custom homes market? Dove Mountain in Marana is a beautiful community just north of Tucson with plenty of space for you to choose from. If this is your first journey into the custom home buying experience, this guide is designed to help you enjoy a successful experience.

  1. Due Diligence. Buying a home always requires that you do your homework before you decide on a property that’s perfect for you. Custom homes, however, require that you do much more homework than you would need to do if you were buying a traditional single-family home. The payoff will be well-worth the time investment, but it’s important to understand the research and commitment that will be required of you if you want to have a luxury custom home built just for you.

Tip: As the economy has kicked into full recovery mode, many new builders are entering the market with little to no experience. Do a thorough investigation of each builder you’re considering working with to make sure they have the reputation and experience necessary to get the job done.

  1. Cost. A custom home is not going to be the most inexpensive option on the market. In fact, they usually cost more money than existing homes. Keep in mind that, with the right research, you’ll get what you pay for, and the outcome will be a luxurious home built to meet the unique needs and desires of your family. Be mindful of your budget well before you begin the process, and make sure you’ve added in contingencies for various phases of the building process to ensure that you have enough funds to cover unexpected situations which may arise during the building process.

Tip: There are plenty of options available for you to consider when you’re ready to have your luxury custom home built. Explore a number of possible build sites such as our estate sites located in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana. That way, can be sure you’ve evaluated enough options to truly love the land you finally choose.

  1. Input and Commitment. You should expect this process to take longer than it would if you were purchasing a home that’s already built. The builders and other professionals involved will likely look to you for a lot of input throughout the process. Expect a lot of hands-on interaction and requests for your feedback as the design and build processes move along.

Tip: Knowing what you want ahead of time is helpful, but be flexible when necessary. An architect or designer may come up with ideas you hadn’t even thought of that could enhance the entire look, feel, and function of your new house. Alternatively, some of the features you’ve envisioned may not be possible for any number of reasons, so it’s important to be reasonable and flexible with your expectations if the logistics don’t allow for certain visions to become reality.

  1. “Custom” Definitions. Everybody’s definition of “custom” is a little different. Each buyer and each builder has their own image of what “custom” means when it comes to building a luxury custom home. True custom builders can create a one-of-a-kind home for you, either by designing it from scratch or by working with the plans created by an architect. In either case, the final product should be a house that is truly built just for you, from floor to ceiling.

Tip: Explore each builders’ definitions of “custom” before you sign any agreement. The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is an example of a community that offers truly custom homes.

If you would like to learn more about our estate homesites and custom home options at our Dove Mountain community in Marana, contact a member of our team, and let us tell you more about our custom homesites.