If you answered “no” to the first six questions and “yes” to the last four, you’re ready to build! If not, you may want to consider waiting for the building process. If your answers were different on more than three or four questions, I suggest you buy a house that is already built.
In a consumer-driven economy, many families have been stretched and stressed because the timing wasn’t right or they weren’t the right profile of the person to be building a custom home. They would’ve been better off buying an existing home than going through a process that wasn’t suited for their life stage, temperament, or timing.
Let’s look at an example of a couple that wasn’t ready for the custom home building process: In some ways, Josh and Melinda seemed to be ideal candidates to custom design and build a new home. However, it soon became apparent they had difficulty making decisions (see question #1). In addition, Josh was consumed by the demands of his business since he had just launched his own company three years before (see questions #4 and #8).
Josh and Melinda were habitually late for their appointments. In addition to the pressing demands of business, it turned out they were in the midst of an intensely personal family situation that was consuming their time and attention (see question #10). It became apparent that this lovely couple did not have the time at this point in their lives to spend custom designing and building a home. A quick look at the 10 questions above clearly indicated it wasn’t an ideal time for Josh and Melinda to build a new home.