Building a custom home requires quite a bit of planning and preparation, and of course. You’ll also need some expertise from various professionals.

Having a team who can guide you through the building process is imperative, especially if you have a vision for your dream home that is different from the average structure. Not only can these pros help you create the perfect house according to your needs, but they can also help you save money while ensuring that you’re able to make the most of your budget.

They can also assist with sticking to a specific timeline so you can get the project finished as smoothly as possible.

Here are five professionals you can’t live without when it’s time to build a custom home.

Besides your favorite REALTOR®, of course!


Home Builder

Finding the right home builder can take some time, so try to be patient as you look for someone who can take the reins and construct things according to your vision. While the price is certainly a major factor, don’t forget to take a look at their track record with previous customers; look for companies that have already been pre-screened so you can compare reviews and get to know their history. Think carefully about what you’re looking for when it comes to a builder so you can find a match in your area that works for you.



When it’s time to plan out the design of your home, you’ll want an architect who can take your vision and turn it into a detailed blueprint. Not only will the right architect be able to bring your plans to life, but they can also make changes that will prevent major issues with accessibility and function. However, keep an open mind when working with someone in this field since it may be necessary to alter your vision a bit in order to make the design work. Since architects can take on many responsibilities, it’s important to go over your expectations with them from the start so that everyone is clear on the jobs that need to be done.



The plumbing in your home is a crucial element, and it needs to be handled with care since it can be a very expensive part of the building process. The last thing you want is to find out once the project is complete that changes need to be made to the pipes, so vet a master plumber well ahead of the start date. Look online at their reviews, get a cost estimate, and make sure they fully understand the scope of the work as well as the amount of materials they’ll need.


Civil Engineer

An architect will design your home; a civil engineer will make sure the structure is sound at various points of the build. Because the foundation of your home is extremely important, you’ll be glad to have someone there who can point out small issues before they become big problems. Not only will they check on the stability of your home, but they will also make sure the correct materials are being used. This is an important component in building a custom home since there are several regulations attached to foundation and roofing materials. It’s important to find out more about the materials being used in your home since some of these vary by state, as well as because there are sustainable options that can now be used as well, such as hemp.



The right electrician will have at least three to five years of experience and will have some knowledge of energy-saving measures, so it’s a good idea to conduct an interview with a few to make sure you’re getting the right person for the job. They should be able to solve problems quickly and efficiently, work within a timeline and budget, and communicate with you and the rest of the building team throughout the project.

Finding the right people to build your home will take a little time, but it’s important to assemble a team that will see your vision the way you do.

Conducting interviews and taking the time to research each professional will help you pull together the best group for your needs so that your dream home will soon be a reality.

Do you have more questions? Are you looking for more information?

Contact Lori Millam; lead listing REALTOR® with the Millam Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW