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Ways to Stick to Your Budget When Building a New Home

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Ways to Stick to Your Budget When Building a New Home

If you’ve made a decision to build instead of buying a home, that’s a great start. Unfortunately, the real work starts when you sit down with your builder to choose a plan, finishes, and overall budget. Of course, the things that make sense on paper don’t always work when it’s time to break ground. Sudden changes and fluctuations in the construction industry, unplanned setbacks, and price fluctuations can all derail even the most thought-through budget. Although many people often assume it’s impossible to stay on budget, here are some proven ways to stick to your budget when building a new home.

  1. Have a Detailed Plan

Many building processes often begin before many decisions regarding the design or interior finishes have been completed. Without a clear plan with blueprints, work schedule, and all the materials required, you’ll find yourself adjusting so much on the fly, which could easily derail your budget. Always put down a solid plan you can commit to so you can keep your budget on track from day one.

  1. Track Your Spending

Always keep your eye on your budget during every phase of your home building by tracking all expenditures and flagging any overruns as early as possible. Consider mapping out your expenses on a monthly basis and noting everything down to help you keep the project organized and on track.

Depending on the size of your project, you can use a notebook or paper planner to keep track of all purchases and costs without spending a fortune. Alternatively, you can download expense-tracking software on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer. You can then upload invoices, receipts, and other essential spending there.

  1. Establish Non-Negotiables

The key to establishing a plan you can stick to is to establish your priorities in terms of style, function, and finishing materials. You need to work with your builder to agree on what aspects of the building you could skimp on when the need arises to accommodate non-negotiable categories. For instance, you may want to skip finishing your basement and keep it for the future and instead focus on more outstanding features like siding and gutter system. Or, you may want to opt for quality laminate or wood-look tile for your flooring, rather than genuine wood in order to cut costs.  You may even choose granite countertops rather than marble for your countertops to save even more on spending. 

  1. Hire the Right Professionals

Always hire professional architects, plumbers, electricians, etc., who respect your vision and prioritize your non-negotiables. More often, professionals can work within your budget and will offer you options for cost savings. Work with a reputable building contractor with a solid track record on completing homes of comparable design and budget. With experience in project management, professional builders can help you stay on budget without compromising quality.

  1. Set a Realistic Budget for the Cost of Each Stage

Your final plan should include a breakdown of each stage of the building and line-item costs within each stage. Make things as close as you can get to the last penny. Find the most updated data and material and labor prices based on your location. A good way to do that is to evaluate competing bids, ask around about recent nearby new home buildings, and talk to designers and tradespeople who know real-life costs.

  1. Choose Finishes Before Breaking Ground

The more you dive into the nitty-gritty of selecting finishes before you start new home construction, the less likely you’ll run into budget overruns. Interior finishes often take the biggest chunk out of the total building budget. So, it’s important to plan for every penny down to your bathroom tile and kitchen faucets. To avoid budget-busting surprises, choose your finishes ahead of time and identify where you can tighten your budget or where you can splurge.

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Building a Home? 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Builder

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You have made lists, budgets, and spreadsheets and finally settled on the perfect house plan. Your finances are also ready, you have done your due diligence and settled on your builder of choice, and now you are set to start your home building journey.

Be sure to ask the following questions before you commit:

  1. What Financing Plans Do You Offer?

Today, many financing options are available to homeowners who wish to design and build their dream homes. At Experience Homes, we can help you find flexible financing for your project. We can also help pay your closing costs in some instances to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. We also work with a preferred lender to help resolve credit issues.

Additionally, we offer a home trade-in program where you can swap your old home with a brand new construction one. Our home trade-in options mean we will buy your old home in exchange for a new custom-built one. So you can select your dream home, help design it, and see it take shape. Then, once construction is complete, we will buy your current home.

The program is hassle-free and has no pressure, hidden fees, or realtors. What’s more, we can offer you up to 90% for your old home and save you the hassle of selling, putting your house on the market, multiple showings, and moving twice.

Will I be Actively Involved in the Design Process?

When building your dream home, you deserve a say every step of the way. At Experience Homes, we build long-lasting homes using the latest technology. But all our homes are built to suit the client’s personal needs and wants. We also offer customizable floor plans and can accommodate more upon request.

Additionally, we offer a broad selection of styles, designs, and finishes, including brick color, roof color, window color, exterior trim color, flooring type and color, hardware lighting, plumbing fixture color, and kitchen backsplash, among others.

Can I See Recent Projects You Have Completed and Meet the Owners?

A solid, reputable builder like Experience Homes with satisfied clients will not hesitate to provide a list of past customers. Past customers will tell you their home building experience with the builder and whether they were organized, pleasant to work with, and professional. Ask if they finished their project to their expectations, on time, and within budget. Also, look at the projects and homes to see if they appeal to your taste.

How Often Will I Receive Updates of the Budget and Schedule

Time and money are invaluable commodities during construction. However, a common complaint from homebuyers is they are frequently unsure of how much money they have left, how much the project needs for completion, and how much longer it will take. Timely updates allow you to make informed ongoing decisions on materials and finishes.

What Happens If a Problem Arises?

Home-building is a complex process, and issues often arise throughout the project duration. Ask how the builder guarantees their work, how they handle setbacks, and whether they offer a building maintenance period to fix any problems.

Work With the Best Amarillo Home Builders

Experience Homes is a top Amarillo home builder specializing in custom homes and innovative home-ownership solutions in Texas. We’ve got your back when you’re ready to buy your first home or build one of your dreams.

We build custom dream homes designed to your family’s needs and wants – down to the last detail. With over a decade of building custom homes, we give our clients a smooth and stress-free home building experience from start to finish. Additionally, we can help you finance your new home with our many available financing options. Contact us today.

Top 5 Design Trends for 2022

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Top 5 Design Trends for 2022

Home designs change with time. Currently, people prefer home designs that portray their personalities and tastes.

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the working environment from offices to homes. As a result, homeowners had to adjust their home space to accommodate them while they worked. It will contribute to many people changing their home’s design in 2022.

If looking for an ideal trending design for your home that will meet all your needs, continue reading this article. You will have insight into the best design trends you can choose for your home. They include the following;

  1. Colors and Paint Colors

One of the main ways homeowners are changing the look of their homes is by applying a coat of quality paint and different colors. Designers in 2022 will make homes look calm by painting calming colors, such as neutrals or green.

Muddled jewel and brown-toned grays will continue being used in 2022 design trends because of their quiet inspiration and calmness. That’s why they suit rooms such as a home library, study room, bedrooms, and sitting rooms.

You will also find them in other areas requiring your resting states, such as the kitchen, entry halls, and breakfast rooms.

Creamy whites offer comfort in the bedrooms or living rooms.

Terracotta is also a trending color. Designers love the beautiful, alluring dirt color that calms. Ideal places to paint them are areas most people visit, such as kitchens and libraries.

  1. Interior Design

Another design trend to see in 2022 is the biophilic designs. Designers will bring the outside into the interior space using natural colors, materials, and plants. Currently, they are the critical consideration and are expected to rock in 2022.

Also, a good number of home designs consist of a home office. It used to be a luxury for most people before the pandemic, but it’s now a necessity. You are likely to see many homes with home offices in 2022. 

Such designs will integrate biophilic designs to bring the feeling and ambiance of nature to the interior as people spend time indoors amid a lingering pandemic.

  1. Curved Design

In the past, architecture and furniture designs used geometrical and angular shapes. But recent design trends have replaced them with curved lines, which are softer and wavier. That’s why you’ll see much of curved designs in 2022.close up of bath tub

Most furniture collections like coaches and tables will consist of curved or round lines, while certain rooms will have curved walls. The curved design looks classy and pleasing to the eyes. They are also more calming and intriguing than the straight or sharp-angled walls or furniture.

  1. Fixtures

Home fixtures attribute to the look of a home. They also have their functions in each space. 

Designers today are considering up-to-date fixtures with multiple functions. They are also looking at their durability and cost.

The 2022 design trends will feature unique, elegant fixtures that blend well with the interior décor. You will also see a mix of traditional and modern fixtures for those who love the old touch in their homes.

  1. Décor

Currently, most people are conscious of their environment and appreciate what it offers. We will see more nature inspired wallpapers and surfaces with exotic fauna and flora.

Some designers in 2022 will use décor that releases no or little carbon into the air to safeguard the environment. Additionally,


Design trends for 2022 are many. The list discussed above is part of the long list.

Make your living space favorable for your stay by establishing your statement through any of the above design trends. It will make your home more comfortable and relaxing. There’s nowhere else you’ll want to be in 2022 other than in your home if it accommodates your taste and personality! If you’re looking to build a gorgeous home with professionals who know design and take the time to get to know your specific tastes and desires, contact us at Experience Homes today!

Better than “Quality”

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Better than “Quality”

Quality (noun) – 1. The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. 

If “quality” could be measured in the amount of time it takes to achieve something, then it would be easy to say that ours is “good.” If “quality” was measured in the amount of communication we keep to ensure everything was going to plan, then it would be easy to say that ours is “great.” If “quality” was determined in the ability to create timelessly beautiful designs, then it would be easy to say that ours is “excellent.” But there’s more to great “quality” than what the eye can see. So what makes us, our homes, and our service better than just “quality?”

It’s All In The Details

At Experience Homes, we don’t just want to build exceptional homes. We want to exceed the understanding of what it means to be “exceptional,” and take what we offer to a whole other level. It’s not just about the materials we use, sure, that’s part of it – only choosing the best-made, best-grade, highest-quality products to construct our time-tested, Texas-tough homes. But it’s about the meticulous, almost pain-staking process we take to pinpoint every detail, every nook and cranny, of every home.

From the paint colors, flooring, and high-end finishes, to the smallest of details, we don’t want one part of your home to go unnoticed, looked over, or untouched. Every aspect of what we build must be purposeful and well-thought-out, specifically with your individual needs and desires in mind. It’s easy to be cookie-cutter, but it’s better to take the time to do it right, build it tough, and make it meaningful.

Come for the Experience

When you choose us to custom-build your forever home, you get our professional and passionate team to take every step of the process and turn it into an experience that will leave you feeling truly at home and at peace. That’s why we chose the name “Experience Homes” for our business, because the “experience” doesn’t just end when the house is built and finished, it should continue for years to come.

Our customer service goes deeper than simply checking off your list of wants and needs in a home. We want you to fall in LOVE with what we create for you, over and over again, every time you step through the door – so we’re just as equally as passionate about the outcome. It’s the feeling you get, and the beautiful memories associated with your home that we’re working toward – if “forever” could be a feeling, that’s our goal. If you’re in the Amarillo, TX area, and are ready to walk through the door of your “forever,” let us be partners in creating your perfect dream home. Perfectly you and perfectly built – that’s what “quality” means to us. Give us a call at 806-318-8686 or contact us today!

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Flooring Trends: How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

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Wood, laminate, tile, carpet, even stained concrete. With a market filled with so many different types of flooring, choosing the right flooring for your home can be overwhelming. In addition to aesthetics, there are numerous other considerations such as cost, durability, lighting, and who will be living there.


Hardwood flooring is extremely popular due to its durability, warm feel, classic look, and the many different choices available. While traditional oak is still in high demand, there are lots of other interesting choices such as Tasmanian oak and Brazilian cherry. It’s also available in walnut, hickory, and maple. Hardwood flooring averages approximately $5 per square foot. It cannot be exposed to high humidity, however, because its susceptible to swelling that causes depressions in the board’s center.


A popular cost-effective choice is laminate flooring. Today’s choices achieve the look of tile or natural hardwood, and there are numerous styles and colors to choose from. Some of the most popular hardwood styles include:

  • Water-Resistant
  • Stain-Resistant
  • Embossed
  • Distressed Wood-Look
  • Rustic Wood-Look

Colors range from whitewashed to gray to light and dark wood.

The latest pattern trends include herringbone and chevron patterns, which look absolutely stunning in entranceways and long hallways. Wide plank laminate remains a popular style choice as well.

Tile-look laminate flooring comes in numerous water-resistant styles that mimic the look of marble and stone in a range of colors and patterns.

The average cost of laminate flooring ranges from $2 to $6 per square foot.


Tile comes in many varieties and price points ranging from $1 to $20 per square foot including:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Natural Stone
  • Slate
  • Terra Cotta
  • Travertine

Porcelain, while cost-effective, is also beautiful and low maintenance. If glazed, it can even stand up to high traffic. Marble, while stunning, is your most expensive choice, and due to its porous nature, it requires periodic resealing.

Many homeowners stay within the $2 to $4 per square foot price range by choosing glazed ceramic tile.


Carpet is a comfortable choice that keeps your rooms warm and helps absorb sound. It is the most cost-effective flooring option averaging $2.50 per square foot. It has a number of drawbacks, however:

  • It is more difficult to clean than other types of flooring.
  • It is not pet friendly, because it stains easily and retains odors.
  • It also retains moisture leading to mold buildup.
  • It holds allergens, including dust, that can be dangerous for people with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses.
  • It attracts dust mites and other pests.


If you are planning on selling your home, stained concrete is an excellent choice. It’s an extremely versatile option, because it can be stained to look like virtually any type of flooring your imagination can dream up. Far and away, it is the most durable choice and practically maintenance-free. The average cost per square foot falls between $7 and $15 per square foot. More elaborate designs can run as high as $25 per square foot.

Experience Homes lives up to its name as experienced home builders and experts in helping you choose the best flooring options for your home. We will install a variety of flooring types in your home to help you make it your own. We are also innovative, creating interesting patterns to help you create a more attractive look.

We also offer the unique option of our Home Trade-In Program so that you can make your dream home a reality. You can trade-in your old home for a brand new construction home. We help you get financing, and you won’t have the pressure of two mortgages. There are also no realtors fees, no house showings, and no pressure to be out of your trade-in by a certain time.

Contact the experts at Experience Homes in Amarillo, TX today.

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How to pick the perfect paint colors for your home.

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How to pick the perfect paint colors for your home.

One of the most exciting things about getting a new home is getting to do things just how you like them. But picking paint colors can be a tough job. There are so many, where do you even start? Getting to know the color trends can make it a little easier. Maybe you have a particular look in mind or just want to exercise a little self-expression. Either way, you can use the 2021 trends to help get the right aesthetic for your new home.

Interior paint color

What better way to start thinking about your interior paint colors than by taking a look at the Pantone 2021 colors of the year. This year there are two: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, which is a bright yellow.  Grays are versatile neutrals that can complement just about any style and look perfect in any room. While yellows are a classic for kitchens. A bright yellow can also make a good accent color. You don’t necessarily need to go with these exact shades either, but it can be a good starting point.

Earth tone palettes are a very big trend this year. So many people have spent so much time indoors recently that anything that gives a nod to the great outdoors is a welcome sight. Greens, blues, and yellows are popular choices, but the big trend for earth tones this year is brown.

Along with dark brown, other fall colors like purple are popular right now too. Especially some of the bolder, more saturated, and luxurious-looking shades. A good example is Aubergine, a brownish-purple color. These colors are usually too intense for an entire room, but they can make a great accent wall or accent color in decor. If you have an accent color or two you would love to have in the room, you can work from there and look at wall colors that would work with them.

Exterior color

When picking exterior colors, you’ll want to consider the curb appeal of your home, or how it will look from the street. For this reason, most people don’t want to go overboard with something too bold. You’ll want to consider the window color and roof color too when making your exterior color choices.

Those can’t be easily changed and you don’t want anything visually offensive that makes your home look like an eyesore rather than stylish. White or other neutrals are always a popular choice, you can avoid looking too average by picking a trim color that is bold or dark. It’s the perfect spot to work in some color.

Neutrals and blue

If you absolutely aren’t sure what to go with, pick a neutral. They’re popular for a reason. And they work both inside and out.

Another color that is almost universally appealing is blue. It’s a calm and soothing color that also works inside and out. For that reason, it’s a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. This year’s trendiest shades like turquoise and sapphire can provide a pop of color to your interior

If you need a change of scenery and are looking for more than just a simple “freshen up” of your current home, a home trade-in program is a unique option to help get you into your dream home quickly with no realtor fees, and no worries about two mortgage payments or moving out before you’re ready.

Call Experience Homes, professional home builders in Amarillo TX to trade in your old home, or build a new one and start dreaming of your perfect colors now.


How to Choose the Best Layout for Your Home

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How to Choose the Best Layout for Your Home

Homebuilding gives you the opportunity for no regrets, but the many layout choices can be daunting. At Experience Homes, we offer a wide variety of floor plans to choose from, and can design your beautiful new home to meet, and exceed, your needs.


Do you have a growing family, or plan to in the future? Do you frequently entertain overnight guests or have family come to visit? Having plenty of space for everyone is necessary to keep everyone comfortable and happy.

Along with your family’s growing needs, will come the desire for additional bedrooms. A crying newborn can keep other family members up through the night, children and teenagers will want their own space, and finding room for guests can turn out to be like a game of Tetris. These are things you’ll need to consider in the span of building your home.


If your kids are old enough for video games or loud music, you may want to keep their bedrooms a good distance away from yours. However, if you are just starting your family, you will want at least one bedroom close to the master bedroom to use as a nursery.

Do you want the master bedroom close to the main entrance of the home for security? Or would you rather have a closed-off quiet oasis separated from the main living area? If your kids are prone to fighting (we’ll call it playing rough) or have a large age gap, it might be best to separate their bedrooms a bit. However, if mom or dad is prone to working late or overnight hours, it might be a good idea to place the master bedroom closer to the garage or main entrance, for easy access without disturbing others.


Consider his and hers vanities for the master bathrooms. It sounds simple, but it will really help alleviate tension during busy mornings. “Jack and Jill” bathrooms (bathrooms connecting two bedrooms together) are popular for kids’ rooms and allow them to have their own privacy.

If you have frequent visitors to your home, it’s important to have a half bathroom available near the main living area. There should also be one full bathroom for every two bedrooms in your home.


Storage space is so much more than closets. It can take a home from feeling cramped and cluttered, to roomy, clean, and comfortable.

  • Kitchen – As your family expands, so will your need for cabinet and pantry space. You will continue to require new cookware, new small appliances, and more food storage. Consider built-in pantry space and plenty of large cabinets to hide unsightly bulky items and keep food stored away.
  • HovHubs (Designated Workspace) – These spaces are essential for today’s families, especially if you opt for an open floor plan. Placed in a central location, it can serve a wide variety of needs for every family member from homework to a quick recipe search to answering an email.
  • Garage – A well-designed, well-organized garage can hold so much more than your vehicles. Think about your children’s bicycles, outdoor toys, family sports equipment, tools, and holiday decorations. You can also install a second mudroom in your garage.
  • Mudroom – If you’ve ever had a loved one come home after a long hot day’s work, or kids come in from football practice on a rainy day, then you understand how critical a well-located mudroom really is. It not only gives everyone their own “unloading” cubby space, but can keep your home from being extra smelly or cluttered.


Having a designated space for all of your children’s toys can save you hours of time keeping their bedrooms clean and organized. As your children grow older, you could convert this space into a game or theater room.


A well-placed laundry room can make all the difference when you are raising a family. Multi-tasking is a lot easier if you choose a location near the kitchen because you can quickly check on the laundry in between cooking tasks. If you choose a two-story home design, you may prefer your laundry room to be located upstairs near the bedrooms so you don’t have to carry it as far.


Do you dream of a large, eat-in kitchen or would you prefer more dining room space? If you’re a family whose life is lived around the kitchen or dining table, you may want to dedicate more space to create a larger, more open-concept kitchen and dining area, so the spaces aren’t “closed off” from one another.

What about beyond the interior? If you like to spend time outside, or if you have children or pets that like to run around, you’ll want to consider the size of your outdoor space in addition to your home’s square footage.


You will also want to think about the location of outlets, windows, fixtures, and doors. We have all seen houses with out-of-place outlets or light switches, or even light fixture locations that don’t seem to make sense. Save yourself the trouble later on by planning ahead.

Outlets need to be easily accessible, and their locations need to be well-planned out before moving in and getting settled. There should be at least one outlet located on every interior wall, possibly two or more, depending on the size of the space. Well-placed light fixtures and ceiling fans can mean the difference between a dark and dreary room and a comfortable and inviting area.

Big fan of natural light? Your window placement is essential to what kind of sunlight comes into your home and where. If you’re a night owl or late riser, the last thing you’d want is your bedroom windows facing directly toward the rising sun in the mornings.

It takes much more to building a house than simply picking a layout. That’s why you should trust the experts at Experience Homes. We take the time to walk you through the building process, and not only take care of all the details but create a house you feel perfectly at home in. Contact us today.

2021 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

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Popular Backsplash Designs For A First-Time Build, Renovation, Or Remodel

Homebuilding isn’t a process that necessarily ends once the property has been completed. Every couple of years, there will be something that must be replaced. Even the best materials will need to be replaced over time.

The process of home building can be continuous. With a new home that’s a custom build, there are new trends you might want to consider. Today something that’s popular is commissioning the construction of a new home that, when completed, you exchange for equity associated with a previous residence.

Depending on involved equity, this may cover the bill of construction costs; but it will depend on things like materials, location, modification, and customization. Still, companies that build new houses like Experience Homes offer this trade-in program to help new buyers who might not otherwise have the option. Going this route eliminates showings and dealer fees, there are never two mortgages, and the moving process isn’t truncated into a short time frame.

You can get everything moved as you like. Plus, you have the added bonus of decorating the property however you see fit in terms of customization. One place where this will really come into play is in the kitchen–especially as regards backsplash designs. Here we’ll briefly explore five 2021 trends in backsplash options:

  • Cloe Tile, White
  • Quartzite Or Marble
  • Different Geometrical Shapes
  • Textures That Challenge Convention
  • Colors That Are Calming, Diverse Tile Sizes


White Cloe Tile

A lot of people associate bright white colors with the hues of a dream home, and white Cloe tile is there to fulfill that vision. Subtle coloration differences and texture variations make this modern-looking backsplash option subtle and expressive all at once.

Quartzite Or Marble

Another favorite for any dream kitchen is quartzite and marble. There is an affordable opulence defining such backsplash designs. Both materials are durable and easy to clean. Especially for kitchens that have non-traditional color schemes, like those incorporating deep greens, this is a fine option for 2021.

Different Geometrical Shapes

You can also make backsplashes in your kitchen into unique shapes using tiles. In this way, fairly cost-effective tiling can be made into a little miniature art piece that directly matches your sensibilities.

Textures That Challenge Convention

Textures are a big part of what makes a backsplash aesthetically pleasing, and 2021 textures have a different sort of “flavor” than some years. Ceramic and porcelain are materials with unique, interesting textures that aren’t exceptionally costly. Find what works for you and your kitchen.

Colors That Are Calming, Diverse Tile Sizes

Tranquil blues, or the aforementioned deep green hues, tend to be calming colors excellent for the kitchen. Also, your backsplash arrangement doesn’t have to use tiles that are an inch square. You can have big or small tiles, and 2021 is a year where people are playing around with their options in detail, color, and style choices.

Perusing New And Favorite Backsplash Options

If you’re looking to build, remodel, or renovate your home, there are many trends to explore. For backsplashes, 2021 is seeing a lot of calming colors, diverse tile sizes, convention-challenging textures, geometric shapes, quartzite options, marble options, and white Cloe tile. What works for you?

Experience Homes in Amarillo Texas offers a home trade-in option where you can build your own house, trading equity of the previous property. If you’re building from the ground up, you might as well explore what sort of backsplash designs are available. To learn more about such interior options, or simply explore the costs of building a home, contact us at Experience Homes today!

Questions to ask your home builder

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Home Building: A More Modern Approach

For those looking to build equity and retain existing assets, one of the best possible moves is to acquire real estate. You can even design a home with certain builders, such as Experience Homes, then they’ll purchase your old home as you’re looking to move into the new property. This makes everything a lot more affordable and includes a host of associated benefits such as:

  • You Don’t Have to Pay Any Realtor Fees
  • There is Only One Mortgage at a Time, Instead of Multiple Mortgages
  • You Don’t Have to do Any House Showings
  • The Stress of Being Out of the Old House on a Deadline is Gone

Notable Questions Worth Asking

Of course, less complication doesn’t mean you should neglect to ask your builder certain home building questions. Especially with custom builds, there are a lot of little details that need to be addressed. A few we will briefly explore here include:

The Level Of Budget You’re Working With

When you’re in the home building process, the budget you’re working with will likely expand. Asking the builders what you should expect to spend in advance is wise. Now, the more professional the company, the closer they’ll hit initial estimates. However, the more customization you desire, the more your budget will need to expand.

Accordingly, when asking about the associated budget of a prospective build, add about 15% to whatever you’re told. If builders come in under budget, you just saved a huge amount of money that can be put into other aspects of the property.

You will also need to take into consideration closing costs, living expenses, home insurance, and other fees. Ask your builder if those things can be “rolled in” to your overall home payment.

What Sort Of Timeline Defines Your Build

How long will it be before the home building project you’ve initiated is complete? Again, more professional builders tend to get the job done in a fast way that is simultaneously qualitative; but unexpected events still happen. Add at least a few weeks just to give yourself a margin for error.

The Location Where You Build: Do You Have Land?

You should have the location where you plan to have the house built figured out beforehand. There will be utility fees unless you’re building some sort of totally sustainable off-grid property. Most traditional builders operate on designs built around traditional grid-based utilities.

How Many Customization You’re Going For

If you’re building a custom home, that could be more or less expensive depending on associated customization. Working with your home builders in advance can help you balance your own custom modifications with their abilities and preferences as builders, facilitating the most cost-effective and harmonious result. That said, some customizations get pricey.

Decor Packages, Including Associated Trim And Fixtures

What sort of decor, trim, and fixtures will be associated with your new property? You definitely want to get these details right. If they don’t match your aesthetic preferences, the cost of fixing such issues can be high, and it’s unnecessary if you just get these things figured out in advance with your builders.

Exploring Home Building And Trade-In Options

Going the trade-in route allows you to save time and money while getting a greater level of customization in your new property, and avoiding both realtor fees and simultaneous mortgages.

Ask about decor, trim, and fixtures. Determine where the land will be that you build on. Plan for a timeline within a few weeks of projected estimates. Finally, design a budget around these things as you fully realize what will be necessary for the process, and how much equity you already have in your existing home.

For more information on home building, and how best to go about it, check out Experience Homes in Amarillo, Texas. We offer trade-in options, customization, and experience.