You’ve been searching for your dream home, and it seems like it’s just not out there. Or maybe you just started looking and are now filled with inspiration; you want to merge elements from several houses into one, amazing home!
Building the perfect home for you and your family can seem like a daunting task.
Where do you even start? Here are some do’s and don’t that will start you in the right direction.
DO set a budget, and stick to it!
Building a new home always costs more than you think it will. First, figure out how much money you can put into your new home. Next, budget how much it will cost to build. Consider the cost of hiring designers and builders, purchasing materials and paying for a place to live during construction. If you can’t put in the money the project requires, maybe right now isn’t the best time. Take some more time to save up, and build once you’ve got the money available. If you’re financially ready to go, then it’s time to start some serious planning.
DO plan ahead.
Talk to everyone who will be living in the house. What are their needs? Don’t assume you know everyone’s wishes. Then establish priorities. Yes, someone may want a full commercial kitchen, but does your family really need that? Decide ahead of time, before the work has even begun, what you’re not willing to compromise on. Remember to plan for the small things too, like how many outlets you need in each room and where you want to put them. Do you want a bedroom facing the east so you rise with the sun? These are all things to consider.
DON’T try to meet unrealistic fantasies.
Be practical. Even if you can afford to build a larger house, do you want to pay to heat and cool it? Build what you need, not what you saw in a magazine.
DO hire help.
You’ll need a designer or engineer to help you draw up the design for your home, and you’ll need a builder to bring it to life. This is a very important step in the process. Have patience, as it could take a while to find the right fit for you. Be as honest as possible about what you’re looking for, what you like and what you don’t like.
DON’T think you can build the house on your own.
Hire professionals; they have the training and experience to build your home correctly. Plus, they can give you advice and help talk you through potential issues that may arise. And be open to their suggestions. If they say you need to install some more structural elements for support, take the advice – even if it’s not what you originally wanted. You’ll appreciate it in the long run.
DO stay organized.
This whole process can seem chaotic and stressful, but staying organized will make you feel more at ease. Keep separate folders for each room that contain floor plans, swatches and design themes. Keep another folder for contracts and work agreements.
DO perform a final inspection with your builder.
Walk through the house and make sure everything you discussed and agreed upon has been done. Take the folders you’ve been keeping with you as they will serve as easy reference points.
I hope these do’s and don’ts make the process a little clearer and easier. Do you have any other do’s or don’ts to add to the list? Share them in the comment section below!
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