Whether you are building from scratch or renovating an existing house, building your first home is an exciting time. Perhaps you’ve just got married, you’re getting your first house after renting for a while or you’re finally building your dream home. Whatever the reason, you need to ensure that the whole experience goes as smoothly as possible and is as stress-free as can be. To be sure this is the case, it’s crucial that you research and plan the entire journey, from crane hire right to putting up the wallpaper.
Building your own home is a true expression of who you and your family are. Before you even break ground, you need to have a clear image of the end result will look like and budget correctly. You will also need to find an architect and builder that you can trust as you will be working closely with them every step of the way. By taking the right precautions early on, you will enjoy the experience more, you can get involved in the building process and walk away with a real sense of accomplishment when you finally get the keys in your hand in a few months time.
Continue reading to find out more about how you can build your first home successfully and avoid some of the most common mistakes.
To ensure everything goes smoothly from the get-go, it’s critical that you set clear goals before starting the project. Decide on the type of house you want and where you want it to be. If your first plan doesn’t work out, always have a plan B to fell back on and be prepared to implement it if necessary.
Establish A Budget
One of the most important things you have to do before building your new home is to establish how much you can afford to spend and where you will be allocating those funds. Write everything down, including the cost of the land you will be building your house on, fees and taxes, and the cost of the materials architect, builder and other workers. Don’t forget that the costs won’t stop when your home is built, it’s important you don’t forget to budget for furniture, decorating and landscaping.
Find A Suitable Site
The next step is to find the right site to build your house built. You need to take great care in choosing where you want to be located because as much as you may be able to change the layout of your home, there’s no way to change where you’re living other than moving again. For example, you might find a piece of land with great ocean views, which you love but it’s far from the city for work and schools. Be prepared to compromise as, depending on your budget, it can be difficult to find everything you need in one location.
Hire A Team
You may think that you can do all the organising and planning yourself but it is much easier with the right team of people in place. Each will be knowledgeable in their own fields and bring a level of experience and expertise to the project. The two most important people on your team will be the architect and the builder, so it’s important that you find the right people for the job. They will be able to guide you through every step of the journey and will be able to advise you on what’s possible and what isn’t with your build.
Put A Plan In Place
The next step is to put a plan in place for the build, down to the smallest detail. The architect will draw plans for you and it’s critical that you are completely certain that you are happy with what he/she has come up with before moving forward. It will be too late once the house has been built to make changes so double and triple-check everything before you sign off on the final design. You can’t suddenly decide that you want a door in a different place or a wall moved. Major changes like these will not only be time-consuming but will likely end up putting you way over budget.
Keep Calm And Enjoy The Process
Do your best not to get too stressed out while your house is being built. Things may go wrong from time to time but with a good team behind you, any issue can be sorted out quickly. Relying on experienced people rather than going it alone, allows you to enjoy the process and less stressful build overall. And, remember, when the moment comes where you are handed the keys to your new home, it will all have been worth it.