Deciding to buy or build your home is a big endeavor. Having a new one built in particular is a process that causes a lot of heartburn for many, but there are a handful of people out there who thrive on this kind of project. There are many different considerations to factor in when choosing to have a home built, and below are a handful of them.
- Timing – Depending on the season and the weather, it might simply be the wrong time to start building a home. If the decision is made to go ahead, then make sure the estimated time of completion squares up with your seasons. Otherwise, wait until the right time of year comes around again before beginning such a process.
- Materials – Whether you go with a pre-designed home or a freelance design, be sure to factor in the cost of materials. You will want to make sure that the right materials are being used for the climate in which you live, and that everything from the foundation to the window panes is considered in the pricing out of the materials for building.
- Architecture – This can be expensive if freely designed, or more affordable if using a firm with a variety of pre-set designs from which you choose. In the latter, you are largely going to pay for the time and materials to build, and only a small fee for using the already designed template. You will also be sharing the exact same home model with countless other people, but it is the trade off for going that route.
- Landscaping – Do not forget the exterior of the home, which will depend on the plot of land where it is being built. By and large this is going to be more affordable if you hire your own landscaper and do not use the same company who is building your home. You can often buy supplies wholesale from companies such as Southern States Rubber Mulch, and either do the landscaping yourself or hire someone to help out. Whether you decide to go with wood chips, brick lining, or recycled rubber mulch, there is something out there for every homeowner’s yard. It just depends on your tastes and preferences, and whether you have kids and pets as well. All of these things make a difference, but adding a little playground mulch to the play equipment for your kids is a nice finishing touch in any yard.
- Location – The plot of land where you are building your home says a lot about your future. Consider the location when you think about the potential for re-sale, or about school districts. And be cognizant of whether it is a flat plot of land or built on a hill, or otherwise at risk of different natural disasters because of its location. Close to a river means a higher risk of flood damage, for example, or at the bottom of a hill you run a higher risk of mudslides or other rain related problems.