For most would be homeowners, building, rather than buying an already built house is an attractive option. For many, owning a house is very personal and it is just not right to buy existing buildings that other people designed or looked like it came from an assembly line. Home Building customization at the very least in the general layout of the property is what people want now. Below are some of the most important things that new homeowners should have decided on before even laying the first brick. Once you get these big decisions handled, you are on your way to having a worry free home for your family. Read on and find out about these.
Create and Follow Your Budget
There is only one rule for this category in home building -create a budget and stick as close to it as possible. Do your homework and before spending ensure that it is mapped out in detail. Choose between doing it yourself or via a reputable contractor. One should also decide for an already built home or a personalised home architecture. Arm yourself with knowledge before the big leap.
The Lay Of The Land
Choosing the land where your future home will be built on is a major factor that will considerably impact the overall cost of your home building. Ensure that you know exactly what the cost for having utilities routed into your project will cost. How far the land is from these utilities will have additional or less costing that will reflect on your budget. Other questions you need to ask and know the answer to includes; is the land bedrock? Is it Sloping, is it sandy or soft? The answers to these questions will also have an effect on your Budget.
Have A Ready Design
Just like the budget, the design is something that you need to stick with. Planning a house already has costs involved and when these changes, be it by the owners’ whim or as needed, there are attached costs that will add up to the overall budget consideration.
A Smart and Connected Home
As befitting our modern age, more and more people make their homes “smart” and connected now. These not so expensive upgrades can add a lot of value to a property’s perceived market value and at the same time really help with maintenance costs and utility bills. These include but are not limited to, modern security and CCTV footage, smart app controls for appliances, automated cooling, and heating, Lights and ventilation control. These will save you a lot of running costs in the years to come.
Customization Can Cost You
This is an area that eats up as much as 40%of the total project budget, Builders often jack up the prices on add-ons and customization options that you can actually get on a much lower cost if you have the project completed first before customizing with other contractors. Ideally, the project should be finished with as little change as possible from the original design. This is where contractors get high profits so they will offer these and you need to be on the lookout for such.