Building your home can be an attractive option for many people. Especially thanks to the current housing market climate and the demand from people wanting to buy houses rising dramatically. That being said, if you are savvy enough, you can still find yourself a bargain even in an oversaturated market.
But turning your focus to building your dream home rather than buying a ready-built house has been somewhat romanticized over recent years due to the growth of home renovation shows on TV. But is building your home a viable option, and if so, what do you need to know before you take the plunge?
It Takes A Lot of Time
Not only can a house build take months or even years to complete; which by the way you should be totally prepared for. It will also require you to be physically present for project management for a huge chunk of your week as the build progresses. Of course, how much time you’ll need to dedicate can differ; factors such as whether or not you hire a project manager, how hands-on you want to be, and how many issues arise can all eat into your time and demand you to give your build your full undivided attention.
Vet All Contractors Carefully
This is potentially one of the most important decisions you will make in your build journey after choosing the best land for sale for your home. Your contractors are the people you rely on to do a good job and build you a home that is fit for purpose and constructed to the highest standards. So make sure you check out their credentials carefully.
Contact references, ask other people for their opinions on the people you are considering, and check out ratings online if applicable. No one wants to invest in a home build company to find out they are not the right people for the job. On the other hand, if you are working with an experienced architect or project manager, they will likely have recommendations for people they have collaborated with in the past.
Plan, plan, and then plan some more.
All the small things such as how many kitchen cabinets you want, the position of your doors in relation to the flow of the room, utilizing natural light in rooms, space and os much more need to be carefully considered in your plans/ do you want closed-off rooms or are you a fan of open plan houses? You need to make all of the plans and then have backup plans if your first options aren’t feasible for literally everything. A failure to plan is planning to fail, as they say, and this is true when it comes to house builds. After all, you don’t want to go through the whole buying the land process, choosing your contractors, and then being wishy-washy on the finer details.
Good plans can help you prepare more effectively for how the build will shape and give you something to aim for once you are nearing completion.