As you begin exploring the possibility of building your own home, you will likely have visions in your mind of your dream home and the perfect layout. Before you get too excited and dive headfirst into the process, it’s important you ask yourself a few key questions to stay focused and address some important early issues. Doing so will help you create a quality house plan and get you prepared for the process of building a home.
Here are a few examples of some of the questions you should ask your builder long before the construction gets underway. Having the answers will help ensure you’re prepared for everything custom home building will entail and be pleased with the results.
Do you and your spouse both agree that building a house is the best option?
Building a house is a major investment and undertaking, typically more expensive than purchasing an existing home. This is likely to be the largest financial decision you make in your lifetime. It is important that you and your partner are both in alignment about the decision and have already had conversations about what you’re looking for out of a new home build.
What does your ideal timeline look like for building and moving?
The time it takes to build a completely new house from scratch can vary depending on the builder you work with, the size of the structure, whether there will be a basement, the other types of complexities in the house plan, the permitting processes, the availability of materials and other factors. Expect it to take at least three to six months, possibly more depending on some of the aforementioned factors.
Where do you want to build?
Consider the location you’re targeting for building a home and the availability of lots in the area. Depending on the location you pick, there may be some requirements you must adhere to in terms of size, layout, roof pitches and materials. The topography of the site you select could also influence the construction of your home. What’s possible in some terrains may not be possible in others.
Who are you going to work with?
When building a home, it is critical you have a general contractor you can trust to create a quality house plan, use quality materials and work with you as a partner to deliver the vision you have for your dream home. You only get one chance to get this right, so make sure anyone you work with is going to deliver high-quality work and use subcontractors who are also trustworthy and deliver excellent results.
Whether you need to get a better sense of what to look for when buying a house or you are having issues creating your own quality house plan for a new build, our team is here to be your guides through the process of getting your dream home. For more information about what goes into a great house plan, we encourage you to contact us at Perry House Plans with your questions.
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