A custom built home can be a large investment. If you are handy with DIY projects, or know someone who is, you might consider a shell home to save money. A shell home is where custom home builders build the house, and then the homeowner finishes it.
A shell home may seem appealing, but it can also present many challenges that could end up costing you more in the long-term. These are some things to keep in mind if you are considering building a home by yourself.
* You are the general contractor. Once you have taken over the construction of the home, you automatically become the general contractor. This means that you must coordinate with trades to complete jobs you cannot do yourself. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for builders to find subcontractors due to the current labor shortage. Even if they have established relationships with them, this can make it more difficult for them to hire.
You will also need to check the licenses, insurance, records, and records of every subcontractor you hire. Coordinate home inspections.
This can make it more difficult to build your home. It will also reduce the savings that you made by doing the work yourself.
* Material acquisitions. The construction industry faces enormous challenges due to labor shortages and rapid and unpredictable price rises. Custom home builders in Myrtle Beach enjoy greater purchasing power, higher quantities, and better relationships with suppliers. DIYers might not enjoy these benefits, and will likely have difficulty obtaining the products they desire and face unexpectedly high costs.
You may also find it more difficult to exchange the products you have misordered. Builders with purchasing power are more likely to be able to accomplish this task. A homeowner may need to wait longer before they can get a replacement. It might also be more expensive.
* Higher costs: As prices continue to rise, delays due to labor shortages or material supply problems, and the fact that DIY work can take longer to complete, could cause your costs to go up. Consider that you will be paying more for two homes than if the builder completed the job.
* Warranty issues: Manufacturer warranties require that you install properly. Depending on the skills of both the DIYer or the subcontractors, warranties may be voided if not done correctly.
* Quality concerns: Myrtle Beach home builders will stand behind their work and be available to resolve any issues. Repairs and fixes can be done yourself, which is likely to cost more.
It’s tempting to buy a shell home to do some of the work yourself, but it’s important that you consider the long-term cost and hassles. It will take you longer to complete the work and may present challenges that you didn’t anticipate. The cost savings, if any, will not be significant and it won’t be worth the extra time and stress.
A custom builder is hired for a reason. Your builder will work with you throughout the process to ensure your dream home is finished on time, within budget, and of the highest quality.