Building your new home is probably one of the biggest financial investments you can get into and one of the most complicated projects you’ll work on. That’s why it’s so important that you approach the project with great care and with a lot of thought.
Planning in advance, especially when it comes to budgeting and the order in which the construction will be done is essential and it can save you quite a lot of money in the long run. It’s also important that you and your construction team find common ground in terms of goals and aesthetic.
1. A non-negotiable list
The first thing to do is to set up a list of the items and features your home needs to have. During the construction process, there will be a lot of back and forth between you and your construction team and things will change quite a lot when the team provides their advice.
However, when you have such a list, you know that there are some comforts and commodities that are essential to you and that aren’t negotiable. The construction team should know about it from day one.
2. Electrical plan
Every home has an electrical plan, there’s nothing that special about having one. The big deal is in the fact that you should have an electric plan as soon as you have a construction plan. An electric plan shouldn’t be an afterthought.
A modern home needs a variety of appliances and gadgets and it will need even more of them in the years to come. You want to be covered when it comes to your wiring and electrical sockets in every room in the house. This is much harder to accomplish if the insulation is already put in place and that’s why the order in which you do things is so important.
3. Modern tools
It’s fine to try and save when you can because building a home is never cheap. Modern tools, however, aren’t really a place to try and save because in most cases you’ll make the work more complicated and often less safe than it needs to be.
The use of these tools isn’t limited to complicated tasks. For example, you can use a laser level when setting up the tiles or when adding a shelving unit. Make your life easier on a bunch of these smaller projects and the whole home will be over much faster.
4. Choosing the construction team
A construction team offers a service just like any other business. Shopping around for the best team out there or at least one that best suits your needs will pay off. Interview at least a few contractors in your area before you make a call.
It’s also important to establish a relationship with the construction team because there will be a lot of additions and changes during the process and you need to know how much and when you can override their decisions.
5. Eco-friendly features
A home built for a modern family needs to be eco-friendly and to have features designed to save energy and cut down on their carbon footprint. These features will also become more prominent later on as you have to adapt your home in the years to come with the emergence of new technologies.
Start with adding solar panels and solar panel batteries because that’s the first feature that will allow you to step away from the grid as much as you can. Small items, like insulation and sensor activated faucets, are also important and they get overlooked in the grand scheme of things.
Landscaping is usually messy work and it can disrupt your day to day activities. It’s best if you could work on your yard simultaneously with the construction, especially if you plan to add complicated features such as a pool or a closed off patio.
When it comes to decorating your yard, have in mind that it’s much easier to add a feature than to take it away, once you change your mind.
In the end, it’s important to prepare the funding for this large project. No one goes into such a large expense unprepared but there are still ways to go over budget and get in trouble. Try to plan for it and make sure you have at least 10 or 15 percent more money than you estimate you need.
That way you can cover the unexpected expenses that might come up in the course of the construction process without having to borrow more or worry about deadlines.
Building a new home is a big project and you need to prepare for it both in terms of finances and in terms of construction. Take the time to learn about it before you go into the process and you’ll save quite a lot of money.
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