Building a home is an exciting and challenging time. Like any big project, there are things that happen along the way that cause homeowners to wish they knew a little more before they started down this road. Some are things that get forgotten. Some are just overlooked. Here are ten things to know before building a house. Some of these are more practical (what to have in the house) and some are about the process in general.
- Understand that this can sometimes be a longer process than you anticipate. Be prepared for glitches and changes to the initial plan.
- Communicate as much as possible with the builder and the contractor.
- Limit your expectations for moving and have a flexible attitude. Many factors can slow this process down, and it is helpful to understand that.
- Know what you want at the front end so when last minute decisions are needed you aren’t scrambling for an answer.
- Pre-wire a security system. You might not think you want a security system right now, but this will save you a lot of time and energy in the future.
- Install electrical outlets on every wall and install cable/internet plugs in every room. This saves time from having to do it in the future.
- Make sure you have outdoor power for doing outdoor work like yard work and cleaning the cars, and on the back porch for entertaining.
- A walk-in pantry saves cupboard space and gives more storage in the kitchen.
- Radiating heat along the floors helps keep the house warm in the winter.
- Run a natural gas plug on the back porch for a grill. This will save on buying propane tanks.
Building a home is filled with a myriad of decisions and many times, stress. Our goal is to help eliminate your stress so you can enjoy this process and ultimately enjoy your new home.