You’ve decided it’s time to move out of your current rental property, or the home you bought a few years ago, into your dream home. Building a custom home in Nashville is a big undertaking, but by going into it armed with the knowledge you need, you can turn your dreams into reality in what will feel like no time at all.

A custom homebuilder like Arthur Rutenberg will be there every step of the way to make sure your home is built to your exact desires and specifications. But to take your custom home from dream to reality, follow these three simple steps.

1. Pick the right partner.

Your builder is more than just an employee – you want to pick a builder who will be your partner on the project. Choose a builder who shares your vision and knows how to make it come true, down to the smallest detail. Pick someone you can trust – don’t be afraid to ask for references from previous customers, and contact those customers to find out what their experience was working with your potential builder. Make sure your builder has access to the floor plans, amenities, and building materials you want to use in your home.

2. Make a plan.

Once you find the right builder, it’s time to sit down and decide what your perfect custom home will look like. Find out if there’s an existing floor plan that you like. See how much room for customization you can make to that floor plan – or start from scratch to design the layout that’s right for your family. Pick the right location: do you want to build in a particular community, or do you plan to buy a lot in a location you like? Go over all your options with your builder: you’ll need to pick everything from exterior finishes to colors of carpet, tile, cabinets, countertops, and every other little detail in your home.

3. Know everything you need to build.

This includes everything from building permits, to construction and permanent home loans. You’ll also need a contract with your builder, plus change orders and allowances. Don’t forget to talk to your bank about all the paperwork you’ll need for the closing on your house.

Going into a custom home project with a solid plan will make things run much more smoothly, and get you into your dream home even sooner. Contact Arthur Rutenberg Homes today to find out about making your custom home dream a reality!