How to Narrow Down Your Custom Build Budget


Building a home is an exhilarating process. From choosing features to integral components of your house, there are abundant choices available to homeowners when they decide to build a custom home. While the process of putting together a custom-built home is exciting, the more choices present often by nature entail greater expense. Every homeowner works while constrained by a budget and it can be helpful to understand how to reduce expenses when you step over your limit. Below we discuss four strategies home builders can use when negotiating with custom home builders to ensure that they remain within their means. 

1. Calculate a Budget 

The foremost important step home builders can take before negotiations with builders begin is calculating a budget. Ideally, you want a range to work within. Lowball a figure that leaves you with a large surplus and gradually increment this until you have stretched your finances thinner and reached your maximum limit. The lower end of your budget is useful for calculating entire project costs, while your maximum budget leaves you with plenty of “wriggle-room” in the event unexpected costs materialise during construction. 

2. Begin Planning Only the Essentials 

When you start the process of planning the architecture of your home it’s relatively important to only choose the basic functions of your home: those that you cannot go without. Bathrooms and kitchens should take precedence over patios and entertainment areas to ensure you stick to your budget. After the fundamentals have been selected, you can move to secondary priorities and begin augmenting your home. 

3. Focus on the Most-Used Rooms 

Regardless of if you are planning the essential elements or the secondary priorities of your custom-built home, you should start in the most-used rooms of the house and work outwards in terms of usefulness. Plan your kitchen, bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms first: starting with the overall layout and storage and progressing to appliances and furnishings. 

4. Begin Negotiations ASAP 

Following prioritisation of financial resources, architectural planning, functionality and embellishments, the best idea is to start meeting and negotiating with your custom home builder as soon as possible. This will provide you with peace of mind as you start to attribute budget to different elements of the house. Your custom home builder should have the networks to put you in touch with architects, interior designers and contractors after you have hashed out the plans for the house. Your goal should be to form a team of trusted service providers who can work together effectively to start development on your custom-built house. 

Contact UHomes Living Today 

If you are interested in building a life in Melbourne, contact U Homes today for a professional consultation. We have been submitting development applications in Melbourne for more than 10 years now. We offer a wide range of tailor-made solutions for first home buyers looking to enter the market. We are available to speak to you from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Contact our friendly consultants on 03 9048 5737 today or reach out via our contact page to ask about how we can help you submit a development application for your custom home.