Building your dream home can be an exciting process, but it’s important to remember that there are many things to think about and a wealth of decisions to make. To help make the process a little bit easier, we’ve put together a list of things to consider before building your dream home.
Know Your Limits (and Your Budget)
The first step in any building project is knowing precisely what you can afford – and what you can’t. Don’t just rely on your savings; get a clear idea of all the costs involved, from the price of materials to labor costs and other professional fees. It’s also important to factor in a contingency fund to cover unexpected expenses. Once you have a realistic budget, you can look for suitable properties or land.
Choose the Right Location
The location of your dream home is just as important as the property itself. Consider factors like the surrounding neighborhood, public transportation access, schools, shopping, and green spaces. If you’re planning to move to a new area, it’s worth researching first to ensure it’s the right fit for you and your family.
Get Professional Help
Unless you’re an experienced builder or architect, it’s always best to seek professional help when planning a construction project. A professional architect can help you turn your vision into reality while avoiding costly mistakes or dangerous errors. They can also advise you on the feasibility of your plans and help you navigate the often-complex planning permission process.
Draw Up Detailed Plans
Once you’ve chosen an architect or designer, it’s time to start putting your plans on paper (or screen). This is an essential step in ensuring that everyone involved in the project – from builders to suppliers – is clear on what needs to be done. Detailed plans will also make it easier to get accurate quotes for the work involved.
Choose Your Builder Carefully
Your builder will be one of the most important people involved in bringing your dream home to life, so it’s vital that you choose someone experienced and reputable. Get recommendations from friends or family, check online reviews, and ensure they are registered with a professional body such as the National House Building Council (NHBC). Once you’ve found a few potential builders, get them to provide detailed quotes for the work required.
Get Everything in Writing
Before working on your dream home, ensure a watertight contract with your chosen builder or contractor. This should outline all the details of the work to be carried out, including start and finish dates, materials used, and payment terms. Having everything in writing will protect both parties if there are any disagreements down the line.
New Legacy Homes builds every home with an unmatched level of detail and craftsmanship. From insulation to waterproofing, our goal is to provide energy-efficient homes, utilizing the latest building science, materials, and systems to save you money on heating and cooling costs and reduce your home’s environmental footprint.
Whether you’d like to build your home on your lot or ours, we’re here to guide you through the process at each step. So contact us today to get started on your dream home!