So, you have finally managed to put together a nice sum that is hopefully enough to get you your dream house. We all know how hard it is to save that kind of cash, or maybe you have got yourself a loan.
Either way, you are more than ready to start the work so that you can own the house of your dreams and proudly show it off to everyone that you know.
There are two ways that you can go about it. The first is to purchase a ready-built house. The other is to buy a plot and have a construction company build you the house that you have always wanted.
The first way is easier. All you have to do is to select the area where you want to live, contact a real estate agent, and start looking at the houses in that area that fall under your budget.
Once you select the house, you just have to pay for it and do any repair work and maintenance that you think it needs, and you are ready to move in.
But the problem with this kind of purchase is that you will be hard-pressed to find the house that exactly matches your requirements.
There will always be things that you will have to compromise with. If we talk about the second way, it is more time consuming and will take a lot of effort. But in the end, you will have everything that you had wished for.
This way you have the option of choosing every little thing that goes into your house like the number of rooms, the patio, the materials used, epoxy flooring, the ornaments, the appliances, and everything else that you can think of.
Here we are going to list down some of the things that you need to consider before starting the actual construction process.
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Know Your Lifestyle
This is by far the most important thing that you need to look at before you do anything else.
When you go to an architect to have your house’s blueprint made, you must have all these things in your mind; otherwise, you might end up with a house that doesn’t allow the lifestyle that you are looking forward to.
Don’t think about how you are living now; think about how you want to live a couple of years from now.
What would you want in a few years? Do you want to host people at your house? If that is true, then you are going to need guest bedrooms.
Other things that you might want to consider are a game room, a trophy room, a place for your hobbies and crafts, a man cave, and other things.
Another thing that is ignored in a lot of construction projects is the storage space. You must have seen a lot of houses that have a lot of space that could have been converted into storage space but was forgotten.
Also, you need to know the size of the cupboards and closets that you are going to need. All of these things can be installed later, but it will cost you more. Better to think about all this stuff and get it done in one go.
Know the Neighbours
Knowing yourself and your lifestyle is important, but just as important is the knowledge of where you want to live.
Your neighbours have a very important role to play in your future life, so before you do any purchasing or construction, you better find out where you are going to purchase the plot and what the neighbourhood is like.
They might object to the construction that is going on or some part of it and your project might get rejected or you might have to resort to redesigning it.
So, make sure that you have gathered all the information about your neighbours and have a good relationship with them.
The Right Architect
Once you have thought about what you want and have all the details in check, you need to contact an experienced architect.
Why? If you have been house hunting before, you will have noticed that there are a lot of houses that haven’t taken advantage of the space.
Either there is too much utilization of space or not enough. In either case, this will mean that you will have to undertake another construction project in the future to either add the storage space or remove it.
These and a plethora of other reasons make it highly important for you to contact an architect and not a draftsman. It will be more expensive, but in the end, it will be worth the money and effort.
A good architect will have the kind of experience that will help them guide you towards the best solutions and outcomes. Not only will they be able to give you what you want, but they will also add value to your place.
Focus on the Details
You might be in a hurry to get the construction over with so that you can start living in your dream house but don’t let that distract you from focusing on all the details related to the project.
Make sure that you have as much information about the construction as you can. Only go for a quote when you are satisfied that you know enough about it.
If you don’t have the details, you will probably get the kind of quote that will mislead you in the end.
More often than not, you will find out that the project is costing you much more than you thought.
That is because the small details keep coming up throughout the project and keep changing the quote. So, make sure that you have the following documentation ready:
- Survey Plan
- Architectural drawings (Plans, Elevations, Sections, etc.)
- Structural Engineering drawings
- Sewer and Stormwater Diagrams
A Realistic Budget
We know! When it comes to construction, a lot of people tell you to throw the word ‘budget’ out of the window.
With the continuous additions and subtractions, you will be hard-pressed to find a common budget that you stick to throughout the project.
But that doesn’t mean that you cannot even think about it. If you have taken care of the points above, you will be able to draft a general budget for your needs and see to it that the project remains inside it.
Even if it exceeds your budget, it will not exceed by much, and you won’t have to face the heartbreak of either trying to get more money or compromising on something.
If you take care of the above points, you will ensure that your project goes smoothly without any hitches and is completed on time within your expected budget or near it.
This is something that most people will do only once in their lifetime, so make sure that you enjoy this experience. Find a builder that you are comfortable with and let the construction begin.