Building your new home can be a fun and exhilarating process! You get to pick how everything will look – inside and out! But there are also many mistakes that can be made along the way. In our 20 years of experience, there are a few common mistakes people. Here’s our tips for building a house and making it into a great home.
Tips for Building a House:
Research the Builder:
Unfortunately, not all builders are the same. The home of your dreams shouldn’t be left in the hands of just anyone. It needs to be made by a partner you can trust. Research the web and Better Business Bureau before signing the dotted line with a home builder. A great company should be able to provide you with copies of their license, a list of awards, referrals, and many other things that they would gladly want to share with prospective clients.
Where you build your new home is just as important as what it will look like. Be sure to consider important factors like taxes, school systems, crime rates, reputation, and much more before settling on your site location.
Also, really give some thought to how much land you think you would like to have. A larger yard can be really nice and work out great in the long-term for fun activities as well as help your resale value. But it can also be a burden if you aren’t prepared to keep up with the maintenance. Consider the pros and cons from both sides.
When you’re first deciding how your new home should be, the costs of all the extras – deeper basements, larger garages, more windows, custom designs, etc. – can be overwhelming. However, after you’ve lived in your new home for a few years, chances are that you’ll wish you had went for those upgrades!
Although some upgrades like landscaping, decks, and even windows can be added at a later time, it certainly is easier to include these things in the initial build – especially if they pertain to the overall structure of the home! Discuss your priorities for your new home and determine which upgrades would make the most sense to add while the home is being built. Remember – it’s a lot more difficult to turn an 8 foot basement into a 9 foot one after the home has been constructed!
Nothing is more important to the structure of the home as the foundation. Be sure to ask your builder what type of material and process they plan to use. Plenty of time should be allowed for curing as well for proper settlement. Also check that there is some type of warranty associated with the foundation and structure of the construction.
We all want our home to look like a million bucks! Be sure that the builder you select has a wide variety of options and can customize the look of your home to your personality. Give your home character by adding features like brick, color, porches, lights, and even windows.
Building a new home is a great time to take advantage of an energy-efficient infrastructure. Be sure that the correct wiring and plumbing is made available for the most modern and energy-efficient appliances. Choose high levels of wall insulation, window insulation, energy-efficient appliances, etc. P.S. – And don’t forget to take advantage of any Federal tax credits!
Even a new home requires a thorough inspection. Again, find someone you can trust to assist you with the walk-through. Work with the builder by creating a list of any issues you find, and agree to set some target dates for satisfying these tasks.
If you’d like to learn more about building a new home or see a gallery of models, please visit SchumacherHomes.com.
Readers – What are your tips for building a house? Did you build a home or move into an existing one? If you built, what kinds of things did you run into that you wish someone had told you about sooner? Of the people you know, what experiences have they had building their new home?
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