Customizing Your House: Tips On Building A New House
Many people dream of having the opportunity to build their own home. While the process is ultimately rewarding, it can be stressful. The following tips will help ensure that the build goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Ask About Changes
Find out ahead of time if you will be able to make changes as you go along. Some builders are accommodating; for example, they may not have an issue if you ask to switch the position of the door or alter the bathroom in some way. However, there are also companies that state that once you have given the final nod to the plans, they are set in stone. This can be a little frustrating; some people are simply not visual, which means they have trouble picturing the way things will look during the planning stage. However, if you are working with a builder or a company that does not allow for changes, you have to be extra careful during the planning stage. Pay attention to each little detail and try and picture it in your mind. Don’t sign on the dotted line unless you know you are happy with it the way it is. Be clear with the builders to determine if you have any say in altering small things going forward.
2. Take It Slow
If you are not sure about your plans, don’t sign off on them just yet. Instead, pay a little extra money and get either an interior designer or a color consultant on your side. Remember, you will live in this house for a long time. It needs to be built the way that you want it to be built.
In addition, you need an electrical plan before going forward. Many buildings will not start the process until this step is complete. Keep the powerpoints in mind; the old saying “less is more” does not apply in this case! It is very difficult to go back and add them later on. As a result, there is no problem being overzealous in this instance. This almost seems like silly advice, but there are so many homeowners that do not consider this detail. After the insulation is installed, you will not be able to get powerpoints on any wall that backs up to the installation; it is simply too tricky. Therefore, look at your plans and think about where you want your televisions to go. Remember that you may need an outlet up high as well.
3. Create A List
Everyone’s budget is different, but if you are like the vast majority of the population, you do not have an unlimited amount of money to spend. Write down everything that you have to have in your home. Get a quote for what you are going to spend. You want this to be as comprehensive as possible, for your sake and your builder’s sake.
4. Directions Are Important
There are so many parts of the building process to consider that some things inevitably slip a homeowner’s mind. One detail that is not thought about enough is the direction that the home will face. While you might not think of it as a big deal, whether your home faces the north, south, east or west can really make a big difference. How will the sun shine into the home in the morning and in the evening? Will the sunlight make it difficult to use certain rooms in the home? You need to make sure you are going to be comfortable, because you won’t be able to flip your house around once it is built.
5. Have A Spreadsheet
It is important to be organized when building a house. One way that you can keep track of the costs involved and the changes you are making is with a spreadsheet. The initial quote you received from the builder is great, but that quote will change every time you change something. In addition, you can share the spreadsheet with the builder every so often to make sure that the two of you both know what is going on with the house.
6. Keep The Fittings The Same
Your fittings do not need to be fancy, but they should be consistent throughout the house. Make sure your sinks are the same and the colors are similar. Your tiling needs to be consistent as well. Not only does this look great but you’ll save money because you are buying more of the same materials.
7. Look For Bargains
It’s almost inevitable that your project will go over budget, no matter how careful you are. Therefore, look for ways to save money every chance you get. When you are shopping for materials, go on the Internet to compare prices. Talk to your builder to see if he will allow you to swap fittings that you find for those that he was going to use. Your build will still likely cost you more than you were expecting because you never know what will crop up. However, if you get in the habit of looking for good deals, you will help keep things manageable.
8. Go For What You Want
If you feel passionately about having something in your home, go for it. Don’t let anyone dictate to you how your home should be. Now, keep in mind that you will likely have to spend more money to get extra features, but if you have the money to spend, do it. You want to be happy with your home, as it is likely to be the largest investment that you ever make. Make sure your builder is aware that you are not going to settle for anything less than the best. If you allow others to speak for you, you will ultimately not be happy with the finished product. This may be your only chance to build a house. Get it done right.