How to Shop for a Custom Home – Step 1

Schumacher HomesWe all know how to buy the small stuff, but when it comes to shopping for a new home, where do you begin? Finding your inspiration isn’t hard, but it does take some thinking. Start with you and your family.

Are you a large family seeking more space, or a couple just starting out? Do you have an extended family where mom and dad may need to move in eventually?

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection - Catawba Kitchen & Greatroom
Earnhardt Collection – Catawba Kitchen & Great Room

What are your interests? Are you a nature lover or an artist that requires a home with open space and lots of windows for optimal light? Are you an amateur grease monkey who likes a huge garage space? A sports fanatic who needs a great game room? Are you a culinary wizard whose frequent entertaining demands a large kitchen?

What do you need? Do you work from home and need a substantial home office? Are you a pet-lover and need a first-class room for your dogs? Do you need lots of closet space? Do you have a large family or entertain often and need a spacious great room where everyone can be together?

Start by taking inventory of your interests and needs.  Deciding where you’re going to move your family cannot be taken lightly. You’re choosing the place where your life story will unfold. You have to make sure that it is just right for you.

Put simply, there’s no substitute for living in a home filled with choices made by you, for you. When you build a custom home, you’re not limited to just decorating rooms. Your home will have your vision and be a place for you to express yourself in ways you never expected.

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection - Blue Ridge Model Home
Earnhardt Collection – Blue Ridge Model Home

Now that you’ve got your thoughts together, get out and experience a variety of model homes. Take them for a test drive. Feel for quality; feel for design. You’ll get a gut instinct on what’s right for you.

Walk through several different floor plans to see what designs feel best for your family. If you like the floor plan but not the facade, check out the different facades (elevations) on the website, or look for another home with a similar floor plan. Think about what could be changed or added to make the home perfect for you. Scrapbook and catalog your experience. Make lists of what you liked and what you didn’t.

Getting your inspiration correct is essential in your new home search. Your inspiration should define you, your interests, your wants and your needs. Once you’ve figured your inspiration out, customizing a perfect setting is easy.