If you’re in love with details and have always dreamed about designing your own home, building a new house can be an incredibly rewarding experience. But you can also feel bogged down with questions and overwhelmed by the choices available to you. Ease some of that tension with these tips before you embark on your building journey.
Choose Your Professionals:
With all the decisions you’ll have to make, you’ll start with choosing a Realtor and a builder. Your Realtor will help navigate you through all of the lots and areas of town you’re interested in, offering advice about the topography of a piece of land and negotiating price. If you’re unsure where to turn for a builder, your agent will be a wealth of information as well.
Newhomesource.com offers this advice when deciding on a builder: “Choose a builder with strong experience in building on a customer’s land. Many builders specialize in building on improved lots in master-planned communities that already have the infrastructure in place (water, gas, electrical, sewer, etc.). Other builders specialize in building on land that requires improvement. Some builders do both. Make sure your builder has strong build-on-your-lot expertise.”
Location, Location, Location:
Purchasing a lot is just as big of a decision as buying a pre-existing home. Maybe school districts are the driving force behind your choice, or the bright stars of country living are calling your name. Wherever it is you dream of breaking ground, you’ll want to make sure the land suits the type of home you want to build without breaking the bank. Having the right professionals on your team will help guide you to perfect lot for your plans.
A Lincoln Realtor sums up this tip well: “Many times buyers think the greatest advantage of building is getting everything they ever wanted in a home. This is only 100 percent true if you have an unlimited budget. For most buyers, they’ll still need to make sacrifices to accommodate their budget.” Create a “want” list and a “must have” list and be willing to bend a little if it’s in your budget’s best interest.
The Right Space:
Building as many rooms as possible may sound enticing, but to really make your budget stretch, don’t add wasted space to your floor plan.
FreshHome.com says, “The addition of a playroom, game room or multipurpose room sounds enticing, but only plan to build a room that will actually get used. What good is a wasted home gym where the treadmill is used to hold clothes from last season?” And they’re right. Use that money on details you know you’ll appreciate every day.
Once you get the big decisions under control, you can finally get to the fun part. Get out those paint samples, agonize over carpet or wood floors, and enjoy your home building experience!