10 Things To Think About Before Building Your Home
These are some of the biggest problems that homeowners
face, while building their house. Simply by reading this information,
you could save yourself thousands of dollars, if you're serious about
building a home.
1. Always request a fixed price contract from your contractor. This will eliminate cost over runs and problems with your budget. Don't build a house any other way.
2. Make sure that you understand the basic home building language that will be spoken by your contractor, engineer, architect and building inspectors. If you're not sure about what they're talking about, have them explain it to you in detail.
3. Make sure that you understand how the bank loan works. The last thing that you're going to want is an unhappy contractor, that isn't getting paid when they're supposed to.
4. Have your contractor work out a construction schedule so that you can get a pretty good idea, how long it will be before you can move into your new home.
5. If you hire a general contractor to build your new home, don't micromanage them. If you're going to hire someone to do a job and you don't feel that they are competent, hire someone else. Whatever you do, don't micromanage your general contractor or subcontractors.
6. Look over your building plans and make sure that you understand what your home is going to look like. The worst thing that could happen to a new homeowner, is to have a home built for them, that doesn't look anything like they had envisioned it.
7. Before you purchase the property, make sure that you go down to your local building and planning department, to make sure that there aren't going to be any problems. Ask the building department about your home building fees so that you're not surprised later on.
8. Take your contractor and architect out to lunch one day to pick their brains. It wouldn't be a bad idea to write out a list of questions to ask them while they're enjoying their free lunch.
9. Make sure that you get along with your building contractor. If any problems arise during construction, you want to make sure that you're dealing with someone who can solve problems without getting upset or mad at you.
10. Last but not least, make sure that everything is just the way you want to. Spend some time double checking your home building plans. Any problems that you can solve before construction starts, will save you and your contractor's a lot of frustration.
I hope this helps to make your home building experience more delightful.