Being disappointed with the build quality of our current house and houses we have seen for sale I would like to have a small house built with better craftsmanship and with regards to energy consumption.
I approached one of the local custom home builder and the first and the only question I was asked was my overall budget (we communicate via email during this initial phase).
I feel that the approach should be different. I would personally take some existing basic floor plan matching the customer’s required square footage, add significant features like quality doors, windows, insulation, and other easy to add and calculate major upgrades and calculate the total cost less the cost of the lot.
I would present this cost to the buyer so that the buyer can see how much is left for the lot.
Asking for a total budget first seems like going to a used car dealer who asks about the total budget.
What do you guys think?