You found the lot. You love the area. You can already picture yourself sitting on your brand new front porch sipping tea and reading a magazine. You’re building a new home and couldn’t be more excited. But for now, it’s a big pile of dirt with a lot of potential! The average time it takes to build a new house these days is three-four months (depending on the size, weather implications, personal touches, etc). Within that quick timeframe, there is a lot to be discussed and a lot to be done. Here are our top three things to remember when building a new home!
Stick To Your List
While you are putting your heart and soul into building your dream home, it’s easy to stray away from your initial list that you set with the builder at the beginning of the process. You wanted hardwood floors instead of carpet, granite instead of laminate, a flagstone patio instead of brick. The list goes on and on. While small changes are bound to happen, try not to change the big ones. This delays the timeline and ultimately puts you over budget. Both are big “no-nos!” And we understand that you want to get things right, but second guessing your initial plans doesn’t always pan out in the end. Which brings us to our next point…
Build With Resale in Mind
This is most likely not your forever home (if it is, that’s great), but there is a good chance you will one day sell this home and while you want it to be your style and taste, you always want to keep resale in mind. Don’t build the home for more than it’s worth. For instance, installing Carrara marble countertops in your bathrooms may not pay out in the neighborhood where you are building. And it may not make or break the resale of the house if there are trey ceilings. You see where we are going with this? Make the house your own (because it is your own), but don’t price yourself out of reselling it!
Tiny Details Are a Big Deal
The builder will help walk you through all of the details, but as the list we posted on Facebook yesterday mentioned, here are a few of the details to remember in addition to picking the wall colors!
- Switches and Electrical Outlet Placement (think Christmas Tree here)
- Ceiling Height
- Hallway Width
- Laundry Room Location (upstairs or down)
- Storage (closets and kitchen)
- Going Green (windows, insulation, sunlight amounts)
- Technology (smart home features)
We know the task of building a house can feel daunting, but we will be there with you every step of the way. Call us today if you’re ready to start the process!