Building a house is no small feat! There’s a lot of planning and decision making that goes into making your new house the perfect home for yourself and your family.
We’ve gathered some of the top ideas and advice previous homeowners have for anyone thinking about building a house. Here’s what they wish they had known before they got started!
Leave Room in the Budget
Between land purchase, permits, upgrades, landscaping, moving trucks, and much more...many homeowners remember how the little costs added up during the building process. It’s a good idea to leave at least 10-15% of your budget to account for those extra costs you might not have thought about before you started.
Don’t Strive for Perfection
Building a house means being able to get exactly what you want, but doesn’t necessarily mean your house will be 100% perfect. Homeowners who built their house agree it’s better to focus on the big picture and not to sweat the small stuff!
Remember the Outside!
So many buyers focus on the interior of their new house--the layout, the storage space, and the colors and finishes. It’s easy to forget you’ll need your home to be functional outside too! Consider adding a deck or patio to give yourself some outdoor living space, and don’t forget to add outlets and water spigots where you’ll need them.
Opt for Structural Changes Now
Are you thinking it’d be nice to have 9’ ceilings, extra windows in the bedrooms, or space to add another bedroom in the future? It’s tempting to put these upgrades off for the sake of keeping your budget down, but these renovations are more expensive once the house is built.
Ask Lots of Questions!
- • "How much will an extra room cost?"
- • "What can be done to add more space to the living areas?"
- • "What other options are available?"
You never know unless you ask! If there’s something about your house plan you’d like to change, talk to your builder early to find out what your options are. They’ll help you find a solution that fits your wishlist and your budget.