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Deciding to build a new home is a big step, and your future is going to be full of decision-making, planning, multiple site visits, and quite possibly a headache or two. What you don’t want is for the entire process to be full of stress. Because your overarching objective is made up of multiple smaller jobs, it can be easy for certain aspects to slip through the cracks and not be noticed until it’s too late. This can ruin your vision and cause a multitude of issues within your home. So, it’s important to stay on top of what’s going on. Luckily, we’ve compiled some tips for doing just that:
Build Your Team First
Before you even start construction, you’ll want to have all your trades, or at least the major players, locked in to ensure each job is completed on schedule. Selecting the right builder is an obvious requirement, but many people forget about other essential trades such as your plumbers and fitters. Not all contractors will be covered under your builder’s contract. Knowing what trades you need and getting the right people booked in will remove a lot of stress from the process.
Triple Check The Plan
Go over the plans for your home and make sure that all the rooms you want are included and flow nicely. Once you’re happy, check that everything will be as big as you need it to be and that all essential fixtures (power points, for example) are correctly marked. If you need to make any changes, now is the time. It’s a lot easier to alter an architectural drawing than it is to renovate a house. Remember to ensure that the block you’ve chosen, and house design you want, fit well together. There’s nothing worse than getting everyone onsite only to discover that the plans aren’t feasible, and you need to go back to the drawing board.
Do Your Research
Online tools and visualizers are great for narrowing down your options. However, if you want to get the best results (and avoid any nasty surprises), it’s always a good idea to check out your chosen components in person. This way, you’ll either be certain that you’ve made the right choice or will be able to change your mind before it’s too late. This can save you the major stress of walking into your new home and having your excitement sucked away as you realize that things aren’t quite right.
Add Sustainable Options
While adding solar panels or a greywater diversion system won’t technically make the building of your house easier, they will certainly make maintaining and paying it off a far less painful process. Research what sustainable options will work well for your home and family, and implement them if they’re within your budget. You’ll be helping your back pocket and the environment, which is a win for everyone involved.
Don’t Forget The Exterior
With everything going on inside your home, it can be easy to forget that you have front and back yards to get in order too. Come up with a landscape design you love, and lock it in with a reputable contractor early. That way, you don’t have to worry about it later.
Now, all that’s left to do is decide on the things that will make your home uniquely yours. Pick out paint colors, furnishings, and anything else you want to be handled during or immediately after the build. Then it’s finally time to sit back and relax as your vision becomes a reality.