Building a custom home can be a huge dream come true for many families, but it is also a big task that requires much preparation. Unlike buying an existing home, building a home takes much longer, and can be highly expensive. If you are preparing to start your new home build, this blog will help you navigate each step of the journey.
Here we will explore often poorly considered aspects of building your own home, to make sure you are prepared for the project! Let’s get started!
The land you build on
The land you build on is very important for the structural integrity of your home. When buying a plot of land on which to build your home, you need to seek professional advice about whether the space will be a good fit for a home.
Certain things to consider are:
- The level of the land. Is the land at the bottom of a hill? On top of a hill? On uneven ground? In an area that is affected by floods? This will affect your home down the line, so it’s important to know these things now. Topographical Surveys can help assess these aspects.
- The housing market in the area. The area in which you decide to build your home should be chosen very carefully. To make sure you will be able to easily sell your home down the line, you should check out the housing market in the area, as well as its crime statistics, its proximity to schools and its transport connections.
Extra costs down the line
The next aspect of building a home that is often underexplored is the extra costs that can pop up later in the project. The most expensive part of building the home is the actual construction work, as well as architect fees and contractors (more on this later!).
However, many people don’t budget for things such as:
- Painting, molding and decorating the home once it is built.
- Furnishing the home top to bottom, including white goods.
- Final touches, such as locksmiths, driveway laying and alarming the home.
All these touches can eat into your budget, so it is crucial to consider all of them before you sign off on your home building project.
The people you hire
The people you hire to complete the building project are the most important aspect of custom home building. If you have beautiful architecture and great plans, these are worth nothing without the right people to execute your vision.
That’s why hiring a contractor who has experience custom building homes of this nature is a vital step in the process that many people underestimate. Without the right contractor, you will not be connected to the best construction workers, the most experienced decorators or the most professional plumbers. The contractor is the gateway to high-quality workers, so ensure you are selective when choosing yours!
If you are ready to build your own home, make sure to check out the aspects described in this blog, and good luck!