Building a new home can be exciting with the anticipation of a home built specifically for you and to your taste. Whether it’s a starter home in Houston or your dream home somewhere nearby, building a new home is an investment. There will be stresses and struggles, but ultimately triumph when it’s all complete. Here are six things to consider when it comes to building a new home:
Hire the Right Contractor
Building a house is a commitment, not only for you but for your contractor as well. Building a home may take years to finalize. From the planning, approval, and building processes, you’ll want to pick a contractor that has your best interests in mind. Take your time to research contractors and ask for recommendations from friends, family and community members to find reputable contractors in your area. Ultimately, you’ll want to work with someone who is easy to get in touch with, transparent and organized.
Know Your Numbers
Building a home is expensive. Whether you’ve decided to renovate, add-on or build a custom or semi-custom home, the budget is important. You’ve been approved for a home loan and you may have saved (for years) in order to get to this point. Whatever your situation, it’s important that you know what you can afford. From building to furnishing there will come unexpected expenses that will cause strain on your wallet. Knowing and sticking to your budget can help alleviate stress during the building process.
Even if you plan on building your dream home and never moving, you don’t know the future. There may come a time you decide to put your house on the market. If that time comes, you’ll want to get the most value out of your house. The number of rooms, upgrades, and amenities will all be factors when determining the value of your property. Be mindful of the upgrades you include in your home to make sure you don’t overprice your property for the neighborhood.
Once your home is complete you’ll have to live in it. It’s important that you’ve designed a home that will flow and function practically. You’ll want to be mindful of the placement of bedrooms, bathrooms, utility and laundry rooms, living spaces and the garage. You’ll want to think short-term and plan for the number of rooms you may need, as well as, think long term if you plan to retire with this property and how it can be used in your old age.
Be mindful of the amount of light, windows, and the HVAC unit in your home. Selecting the right windows to help insulate your home to prevent leakage during the seasons can help reduce energy costs. Additionally, think about light, allow windows and natural light to be the primary tool to light your home during the day. Incorporating skylights may also be beneficial and reduce electrical costs. Picking the right size HVAC unit for your home is important, a unit too small may underperform and be inefficient at fully heat or cool your home throughout the year, and a unit too big may use too much energy.
Building a home is stressful. Even if you have had conversations about finishing, tile, or paint colors, don’t assume everything is complete. Mistakes happen when information is miscommunicated. Be patient and be willing to explain, illustrate and reaffirm your expectations. Having a clear and open dialog with our contractor will help prevent unnecessary mistakes and save everyone time and money.
If you’re planning on building a new home, the professionals of Century Construction will be able to work with you from start to finish. With unparalleled customer service and planning, we’ll meet your needs to build the home of your dreams.