Building a house is an impressive undertaking. From the first decision to build, you’ll be faced with a long list of other decisions to make, from finding the perfect lot to picking the best bath fixtures. Here are some things you should know before breaking ground on your future home.
Know who you’re working with.
Take the time to research any builders you are considering. You want to work with a builder with a good reputation for staying on budget, sticking to a timeline and doing quality work. It’s a good idea to only work with builders who are members of the National Association of Home Builders.
Keep resale value in mind.
You’re probably building a house with the idea of staying in it forever; however, you never know what will happen. A dream job opportunity, a growing family and changes in income are all reasons you could have to move, which is why it’s important to keep resale value in mind as you build. Be cautious about adding too many upgrades that overprice your home for the neighborhood.
What can you contribute?
Putting time into finishing your house can help save money for other projects. Tasks like painting and landscaping can add up when professionals are called in and, if you want to save money, you can make it up by doing it yourself.
Design for the future.
Your needs now and your needs in 10 years will be different. When building a house, think about how you will age with the home. Depending on your stage in life, this could mean different things. Having extra storage spaces if you’re a growing family or keeping your house to one level if you’re later in life are good places to start.
Make a schedule, but be flexible.
Building a house requires the management of many moving pieces. While your builder should manage ordering and scheduling workers, there are things outside of anyone’s control that could delay building. Be prepared to be flexible when delayed by things like bad weather.
Find the right heating and air system.
While picking out furniture and flooring may be more exciting, don’t skimp on picking out the best HVAC for your home and budget. The right system will heat and cool the house properly without using too much energy and will prevent moisture and mold issues.
Building your future home is the perfect opportunity to make the home of your dreams. With these tips, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge.