A first time home builder must consider a lot of options as they envision their dream home from the hole in the ground to the sketch they are given. Things can look really great on paper and the prospect of investing into a home that you would grow into can be exciting. It can also be scary.
As you consider building your new home, here are 5 ideas to ponder about as a first time home builder.
Where is my home going to be built?
As they say, location is key. If the home you are building is for a big family, you want to consider school districts, access to parks and other amenities. Does the area you want to build on reflect the lifestyle that you have or want to have? It is easy to point and choose, but you might as well choose a place that you would feel comfortable in.
What upgrades should I get?
When building a custom home, you have the opportunity to, well, customize it. A great contractor will let you up front what upgrades will cost you and let you know how you can save money. Oftentimes the best way to do that is by upgrading your house after it is finished. There are plenty of DIYs that you can do to spruce up your home.
What will add value to the home?
You may want some extra space for your toys. Maybe some extra pot lights around the house ( we get it). However, if you are looking to sell at some point, you may want to focus on what buyers are looking for in their home. This could be stainless steel appliances, bigger kitchens, an open floor plan, or a walk-in closet. Your realtor will be able to guide you on what items will add that value to your home.
Who Can I Ask Questions?
You should have an open relationship with your contractor. The scariest things about building a home are the surprises. Ask for your contractor to explain to you how the process works. Ask about the timeline, who is responsible for what, and where is the money going?
Will They Keep Us Posted?
You want to see the progress in your home. That makes sense! Find a realtor and contractor who is as excited as you with the prospect of your new home. Share milestones with one another and be a part of the whole experience.
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