By Charles Richardson
Dream home. The name implies perfection. Of course, rule number one about building your dream home is realizing that there is no such thing as a perfect home. Recognizing that on the front end will save you a lot of heartache and frustration. Now, that’s not to say that you can’t get very close, or that you can’t enjoy the building process—you can, on both counts. The key is remaining open-minded and flexible. That applies whether you’re building a new home, or buying a home and renovating it to your specifications. Either way, your “ideal home” plans will likely require unexpected changes and alterations.
Here are a few things to consider as you begin the process of making your dream home a reality:
Make a realistic budget
No home, not even the home of your dreams, can compensate for breaking the bank. It’s important to start saving ahead of time so you will be prepared. Also, allow a ceiling for the amount of money you are willing or able to spend—and then don’t exceed that. It is always wise to include a little padding in the budget, as unexpected expenses will no doubt arise. Also consider the best financing options before locking in to a lender.
Selecting and customizing a design
Choosing the right design is critical and requires thoughtful planning. It is important that the design you select accommodates your lifestyle and the various members of your family, pets included. If this is a home you plan to live in for the rest of your life, take into consideration how your lifestyle may change in the coming years. A reputable designer who will listen to your needs and provide suggestions for plan customization will help ensure that there are no radical surprises once the building process has begun.
Select the optimal materials
Once your design is selected, it’s time to pick out the type of materials you would like to use to start building. There are more options available for today’s homeowners than ever before. Durability, longevity, style, and cost should all factor into your decision. Consider various options, such as synthetic materials, bricks, or stone that will pay for themselves over time. After all, if this is your dream home, it makes sense to spend a little up front to get it right so you won’t have any regrets later.
Document everything in writing
Verbal agreements don’t cut it. Even the best plans and intentions can go awry during the building process. It is extremely important that you and your contractor keep a written record of everything discussed from the outset. Also, make sure you document any changes or alterations to ensure there is no confusion later. Having a continuous stream of documented communication protects you in the long run.
Realize that this is a process that includes a lot of moving parts. It is virtually a certainty that you will face unexpected bumps along the way. The key is to remain open and agreeable to making decisions on the fly when necessary. A little compromise can go a long way, sparing you and your family potential frustration that could hinder the end result. This applies to timing and scheduling, as well. Things happen, so try to go with the flow as best you can.
Check out this helpful infographic for more information: The Home Building Process
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