Building a house can be a very exciting time in your life, it represents a new beginning and a fresh start for your life. But building a house can also be very overwhelming, there is so much that needs to be done, and so many things to remember. For example, you need to ensure you have financing and a reputable builder. You also need to check in with building and property surveyors, to ensure your project is safe and done properly.
Here are six important things to know before building a house.
Secure Your Financing
Building a home can be an expensive project. You have to buy land, hire a builder and determine the cost of all your materials and finishes. Before you hire anyone to help you build your home, take your quotes to a financial institution and secure your financing. You can use a bank or a private lender for this. Keep in mind, the cost of the project itself is not inclusive of all the taxes and fees you may need to pay, so do your research for the average land transfer taxes and insurance in your area.
Do Your Research
Research your builder by visiting other properties they have built, and if possible, speak with previous clients. Falling in love with your builder on paper without seeing what they can do, is not ideal. You need to ensure that they can do the job, and up to code before you hire anyone on. If available, check it with your branch of the Better Business Bureau to determine their accreditation.
Finding a piece of land that you love to build your property on is essential. It will be hard to imagine your home in this barren, empty space, so your builder will have to provide drawings to help you with this. Once you have found your piece of land, speak to the land agent to determine if you will require anything special for a property built on this space. The larger the land you choose, the more taxes you will pay for it as well, so keep that in mind.
Be Unique, But Not Unusual
When building your property, keep in mind that some day you may need to resell this space. If you have quirky taste, consider toning it down a bit for this build. If your space is too unique, you may have a hard time selling it in the future if needed. When building your space, keep in mind the style of the rest of the neighborhood, make sure your property stands out from the rest, but still works within the style of the street. Neutral colors for your cabinets, flooring and carpets are going to stay in style for years to come. Showcase your personality with paint and accessories throughout your home.
Building your home in this decade provides you ample opportunity to be green. You can use recycled material wherever possible. You can choose energy-saving windows and doors for your space. Allow room to install solar-panels if you can to save on electricity, and, they will help you out in the event of a power failure. Efficient appliances can find their home inside your new home. When choosing your light fixtures, opt for energy-saving ones and do the same for your faucets and toilets as well.
Listen to the Professionals
During your building process, you’re going to have a lot of opinions about what you want and need in your space, and your builder may not always share those. Whenever possible, talk it through and try to get on the same page. Also, you’re going to need to ensure your new home passes inspections and is deemed safe, so having that knowledgeable professional on your side to help you navigate through the process is going to be a huge relief. If you need help with the design, consider consulting a designer who can turn your dreams into a reality.
Building a home is exciting, it’s a fantastic opportunity to gain a fresh start and the home of your dreams. Before building a home, consider what you need to do. Secure your financing and ensure you have a bit of extra money aside for all the unexpected costs. Find the right builder, the one who sees your vision and can make it happen. Acquire the perfect piece of land in which to build this dream home upon and keep in mind the style of the rest of the neighborhood during your build. Once you started building, consider adding green elements to your home to do your part for the environment. Lastly, listen to the professionals, it’s why you hired them and they are on your side to make your dreams a reality. Enjoy your new adventure, it’s going to be great.