Building your dream home can be an exciting, at the same time nerve-wracking, process. You have a vision for your house but are afraid that your vision won’t become a reality. After all, there are a hundred things that could go wrong and ruin your dream. So, how do you ensure that you stay on top of the whole process and see it through to the finish line successfully?
The first step is to put a plan in place. Come up with a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the house building process from the start to the finish. Here’s something to get you started—a list of ten important things that you should consider when building a new house.
For most homeowners, their dream home is as much of an emotional investment as it is a financial one. You may have big dreams for how you want your house to be, but before you get ahead of yourself, take a moment to look at the numbers first. Since you will need financial assistance from banks to build your house, you need to approach this whole process in a much more practical manner. Do some calculations to find out exactly how much it will cost to build your house. Then contact your bank to find out if you qualify for the home loan and take things from there. Talk to your builders, most of them will give you a fairly accurate estimate of how much it will cost to build the house. Knowing where you stand financially is the first step in building your house.
Take into consideration the construction cost, down payment needed, tax benefits (if any) and other costs involved.
Hire an Architect
The next step in the process is to hire a good residential architect and designer to design the floor plan. While you may have a general idea of what you want your house to be like, an architect will offer site analysis and efficient designing that will add value to your house. A good architect will have the knowledge and expertise to design your house in such a way as to make good use of the available space. They will be able to offer you suggestions on how you can cut down costs, give you a clear idea of what your house will look like by showing you 3d models designed on the computer.
Your architect will also look into planning permissions, see if there are any restrictions and how they might affect your design and make the whole process so much simpler for you.
Keep Your House’s Resale Value in Mind
So, you love the house and want it to be your ‘’forever home.’’ Unfortunately, life does not always go the way we want. We don’t know what the future holds. Your family might expand, growing too big for the house, forcing you to move to a bigger place. And when that time comes, your house needs to have good resale value. So, even when you’re building the house, keep the resale value in mind. Talk to your architect to find ways in which you can increase your house’s resale value at the construction stage. Remember, a house is a big commitment and a long-term investment. A good resale value is not something to be taken lightly.
Hire a Reputable Builder
One of the most important decisions that you will make when it comes to building your house is in hiring a good builder. There are many builders out there, but not all of them deliver good results. Do your research, talk with friends and family and look up reviews and customer feedback to find experienced, reputable builders to handle the construction of your house. A builder that’s competent, experienced and knows the ins and outs of construction will deliver great results with little to no hassle.
When building your new house, it is a good idea to go as green and clean as possible with your energy consumption. This means energy-efficient light fixtures, solar power panels on the roof, and a lot of windows to let in natural sunlight and cut down on energy costs. Think futuristically when it comes to power consumption. Not only will you be saving money by way of reduced electricity bills, but your house will also have greater resale value as most potential home buyers are looking for houses with solar power panels.
Never assume that the architect understood what you had in mind or the builder knows what you want. Go out of your way to communicate everything, no matter how seemingly inconspicuous it might seem. When you are working with an architect, builders and designers, there is a lot of room for miscommunication. The best way to avoid that from happening is to be very vocal about what you want. Be in constant touch with your architect and builder to ensure that things are progressing in the right direction. If you have any concerns or doubts about the design or the floor plan, do not hesitate to talk it out with the architect. Doing this will not only help you gain better understanding but will also give them a clear picture of what you expect from them.
Building a new house is a huge undertaking. No matter how well you plan, organise and supervise everything, there will invariably be some glitches along the way. The only way to handle them is to take a very pragmatic approach, reason it out with yourself that these things happen, and then move on to finding a solution to fix the problem at hand. Don’t let the stress of building the perfect house distract you from the pleasure of planning and building your dream home. Enjoy the process and take everything in stride. When your house is finally move-in ready, all the time, effort and money you put into it will be totally worth it.