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Building a home is a tedious but rewarding experience. If this is your first time contracting with a builder, you will probably be unsure about what to expect. It’s important that you have a careful and well-thought-out approach to your new build. From scheduling effectively to thinking about interior design, there are lots of different things to consider while building a home. Continue reading for seven things to consider while building a home that might save you some stress as you go.
The first thing you should know when it comes to building a property is that your personal schedule will only be a guideline. Your builder can give you a fairly accurate timeline, but there will still be an element of uncertainty. There are many variables that can make your project run over the deadline. Something as simple as a period of bad weather or a shortage in supplies can result in your new build taking a little longer than you expect.
Design a property for your future needs, not just your current desires. A lot of people think about what home they want now. Think about what your life is likely to be like in the next 5 or 10 years. Do you see yourself starting a family? Will you want a large backyard? Will stairs make your home hard to navigate as you get older? Factor these kinds of potential life changes into your construction plans.
Plan for plenty of storage in your new home. This is often overlooked, as storage space isn’t as obviously important as bedrooms, bathrooms, and other living space in a home. It’s easy to underestimate just how much storage you are going to require, and just as easy to forget to plan for extra storage at all. Think about adding closets, crawl spaces, an attic, or other solutions to maximize storage options.
A common mistake when it comes to new builds is failing to plan for enough electrical outlets. This is difficult to change after construction on your home is finished! Take a look at your floor plan and come up with a plan for each room. Will you need to plug in lamps? A TV? Appliances? You should make sure that there are plenty of outlets in every room so that easy living is achieved.
You will be working closely with a builder for months as you get your new home up and ready. Choose your builder with care! This is not a decision that should be rushed into, as this team of professionals is ultimately going to play a major role in the outcome of your home build. Make sure that the builder you hire has experience, has handled many projects of a similar nature, and is easy for you to work with. You might regret it down the line if you simply choose the first new home builder you find.
It’s natural to want to overdo it when you’re personalizing your new home. The options might seem endless as far as paint, flooring, and layout options go, but keeping things neutral will be in your best interest in the long run. It can be very difficult to style your home after making a lot of niche personalizations to your home’s base look. Remember that you will have to add furniture and all of your belongings on top of what you choose to do to your home’s skeleton! With a neutral palette, you have a flexible backdrop that can be adapted in any way you want.
No matter how carefully you budget for your new build, there is a chance that you are going to end up spending more than you originally intended. Even if you find an affordable plot of land, a reasonably-priced builder, etc. you will probably find that you need to contribute some of your own funds in addition to a mortgage loan, should you apply for one. Save in advance and practice careful money management while you’re deciding what to include in your home.
A new build project is incredibly exciting, especially if it is your first one. However, there is a lot that needs to be considered, and things can easily go off track. Continue your research before you make any final decisions or serious commitments.
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