What Should I Ask Before Building a Home?

If you’re thinking of building a new home, it can be a daunting decision to make.  It’s easy to get caught up in the stress and details, but it’s important to remember that designing your dream home is not something that you can approach without being prepared to embark on a journey of discovery.  This is the place where you will rest, dream, live, eat, work, and much more.  Whether you’re sharing the space or living solo, you will have to consider every possible angle.  Before you toss away your computer in frustration, we’ve put together a few questions to consider which will help you to better understand the choices that you’ll need to make.

Where do you want your house to be located?

Considering where to purchase land for your house is a complicated decision, you’ll need to consider your budget, the value of the land, and the projected value in the coming years.

What is your budget?

The budget for building a house must include things such as: land, constructing a house, architect, engineer, running plumbing and electricity (if your land is outside of a city, this could be a bit complicated… or not), taxes, landscaping, decorating, and furniture.  Be sure to keep little extra “emergency” money in your budget so that when (not if!) things cost more than you budgeted, you’ll have enough money set aside to keep the project going.

Discuss your budget thoroughly with your custom home builder so that they understand exactly how to help you.

What is your plan A?

In a perfect world, what do you plan to have happen and when?

What is your plan B?

Plan A may or may not work out, but a plan B is a must so that if plan A does fall through, you have a back-up strategy in place.

Who is going to help you?

Sure, you’ll need a custom home builder, and they can help suggest experts in their network to assist you, but you’ll also want to do some personal research to see if you find a home designer or architect whose work you just love, or a landscaper that you can’t live without.

What questions have you asked yourself before beginning to design a home?  Drop us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!