If you are in the market for building a new home, there are many things to consider, but a few of them are more crucial than others. Building a new home is a big undertaking, but it is something many people are grateful they’ve done, because you can construct a home to your unique needs and tastes, and maybe even save some money in the process. Here are a few things to consider as you plan for your new construction and dream toward a beautiful home.
Before you purchase land, it’s vitally important to consider location. If you’re building in an already established residential area, consider the size of the lot and if it’s large enough to meet your family’s needs. Consider the school district if you have children, as well as the safety and security of the neighborhood. Consider how long the construction will take and how difficult it will be to move supplies, if it’s located in a hilly area. If you are building in a remote area, consider how long it takes to have access to groceries, gasoline, and other essentials. Think through the time it will take for a plumber to drive out and fix something. Consider cellular service and how easy it will be to reach people. These are all factors that may greatly influence the cost and affordability of your land. Land that is in the middle of nowhere may be inexpensive, but it may not be an ideal place to build a house, especially if you value the action and amenities available closer to civilization. You may also have to consider a high cost of travel to and from your location.
The most important component to building a long-lasting, safe house is a strong foundation. You will want to consider the state of your foundation before building, but also keep in mind that modern technology offers resources, such as helical piers, which can help create a strong foundation to build upon. Consult some professionals before purchasing your land, to ensure that the soil is strong enough to support your build, or that the resources are available to support your build even if the soil isn’t strong enough. You don’t want to skimp on the foundation cost, so budget accordingly to make sure it’s done right. Otherwise, you might end up with sloping floors a few years into your build, and it’s much more difficult to fix a foundation after a house has been built on it.
You’ll need to make sure that your house plans meet all building codes, to ensure safety and security for your family, and in case you’d like to someday sell the house. Any good construction company will make sure your building is up to code, but if you plan to do a lot of the build projects yourself, you’ll want to consult professionals to ensure you’re doing it right. Even if you plan to build a lot yourself, keep some room in your budget for consultations with professionals.