10 Things to know Before Building a Home.
Alright friends, Let’s talk about building! Many people look and look and look for their dream home but never find exactly what they’re looking for. That’s often when building a new home begins. Many of our customers come in with an idea of what they want but have never put the pen to paper. Some people order a home to be built out of templates we already have; some want fully custom homes. That is all up to you! Either way, we want to make sure our customers know exactly what they are getting into before we move into the planning, designing and building process. The majority of our customers are first-time home builders. That being said, we have created the 10 things people wish they knew before, during and after the home building process. We also have a blog post taking a deep dive into getting a construction loan. If you are unfamiliar with that concept, please read that post as well. Now, let’s get going!
1. It’s a Time Suck
We don’t want to scare you away from building a home. However, if you do decide you’re looking for something immediate, contact us about our pre-built, brand new homes we have for sale. With that being said, most people really enjoy building a home by the end. They also love their custom home. But it takes a lot of time to design and build a home. This is a massive time commitment. Some may say it’s like a part-time job. You’ll want to spend a lot of time at the house making sure things are getting done to your liking, so factor that into your decision. Designing is not as time-consuming part; Once the frame goes up things can get crazy quickly.
2. Be Prepared Financially
Money flies while building a home. From drywall to countertops to cabinets, money for a custom home can get nickel and dimed away. Costs can be higher than you expect when you are building a home. Luckily due to our hand-chosen subcontractors, we cut this surprise costs down. Look around your home and think about all the decisions you’ll have to make and the associated cost. Maybe wander around a home improvement store to get an idea on what tiles, countertops and so on cost.
3. Hire the Right People
Luckily, you’re already on our website. If you are building a home, you have probably heard all of the horror stories about irresponsible subcontractors, low-grade windows, broken countertop, and really anything. That is why we value our relationships with our subcontractors. They are professional and hand-chosen by us.
4. Consider Hiring a Designer
Hey, we can help you with that as well. Although we know you have amazing taste, a professional who knows home design can really help give your home that beautiful touch.
5. Think about cabinets and furniture placement early on in the design phase.
Whether you buy existing plans or create your own, it’s important to think about how the furniture layout will work. Where will your couch and chairs go? Beds? Is there really enough room to fit the furniture you want? Think about where you can place windows to work with your furniture. This is your chance to make everything perfect. Maybe even sketch the way you’d like your rooms to be laid out.
6. Plan, plan and plan some more.
We can’t stress to you enough how much easier things will go if you have a good idea of what you want in your home before you start building. Once things start moving it is a whirlwind of decisions being thrown at you daily. Time is money when you are building a house and it is extremely stressful to have to slow things down because you just can’t decide what tile you want in the kitchen. Pick out as much as you can before you start! Pinterest is a good source for home design ideas. The more ideas who have when you come to us, the smoother the process will go.
7. Things look bad at first.
Drywall, construction dust and mud tracked in: these are a few things you will see as your home is coming together. Things won’t look good at first. Be aware that your beautiful home will not actually be beautiful until the end of the process. Like a flower that is a seed and then a bud before it is a flower, your home will take time to really look the way you dream.
8. Things will change
While some things do work out, just know that there are going to be changes made. There is no way to build a perfect house with everything going smoothly during the building process. Building a house involves a lot of people and a lot of changing and moving parts. Know that you aren’t going to get everything exactly how you want it. Some things will be a miss and you’ll have to just move on. That being said, other things will unexpectedly turn out a lot better than planned! Some of my favorite details in my house are things that weren’t even planned in the beginning.
9. Communicate everything and don’t assume anything.
Tell us exactly what you are feeling and thinking throughout the whole process. Clear communication between you, us and the subcontractors is essential for a smooth-sailing project.
10. Listen to the professionals, but we want you to be happy with your home
There will be so many things during your building process that you don’t know and understand and that’s when it’s time to listen to the people you trust. Your architect, contractor and (if you’ve hired one) your designer. That being said, I think it is SO important to know when to trust your gut. That little voice inside of you who knows what you really want but might be afraid to say it because you’re intimidated, unsure or so overwhelmed with everything going on around you.