Choosing a Custom Home BuilderSelling Your Existing Home

Buying or building a custom home is one of the most significant investments you will make. So choosing the right home and the right builder is paramount. The Custom Builders Council understands the importance of this decision and wants to help provide some guidance. The necessity of good research can not be understated. You are going to need reliable information so that you can reach the decision that is right for you.

This information is reprinted from the Custom Builders Council web site.  Here are additional tips on "Selling Your Existing Home" and on "Buying A New Home".

 1. First impressions are lasting: Make sure your front entrance is clean and inviting, keep your lawn trimmed or remove snow from walks in winter. A small investment in painting will make your home look fresh and return more in selling price.
 2. Pay attention to detail: Minor flaws detract from your home's value. Fix loose knobs, torn screens, dripping faucets, clogged drains. Pay special attention to odors from pets or cooking.
 3. Bright, clean, charming: Make sure your bathrooms sparkle, clean out messy closets, box up things neatly in the attic or basement. Create a warm, friendly atmosphere with fresh flowers, lots of light, a fire in the fireplace in winter, open windows in summer.
 4. Three's a crowd: Avoid being present during a showing; the prospect will feel like an intruder and hurry through. Leave and take your pets with you. If you can't leave, step outside of the house and don't force conversation. If the agent has a question, he will ask you.