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Great Tips to Consider When Building Your New Home

April 9th, 2013 2:43 am

You have decided you want to build a new home, but what do you do now? Where do you start? This is a common question. There are so many things to consider, and the process can seem overwhelming. Here’s a few tips that will help you navigate through many of the pitfalls.

* Start with a Plan
You wouldn’t take a cross-country road trip without a good map and a destination in mind. The same holds true when building a home. Don’t jump into it blindly. Take the time to review your current home situation, and plan out some goals for you new home. Make a list of the features that are most important to you, and keep it handy. You’ll be surprised how much easier the decisions will be when you take a few moments to prepare your plan.

* Understand the Financial End of It
You can expect three basic areas to make up the bulk of your new home investment; the cost of the land, the cost of the home, and the cost of site improvements-such as clearing the land and building your home’s foundation. Don’t forget to include the costs that come into play after your home is built, such as sod and landscaping, window treatments, appliances, and additions like patios or decks. If they’re not included into the price of the home, you’ll want to make sure you have enough left in the budget to cover them.

* Select the Right Lot
Once you’ve selected an area where you’d like to live, it’s time to find the perfect lot. Just because a lot is available, does not mean it will be suitable for your preferences or the style of home you would like to build. Don’t feel as though you need to purchase the first piece of land you see. Take the time to ask the right questions. Make sure you know how large of a lot will you need for the home style you prefer? Should the lot be narrow or wide? What about the direction the lot faces? Will you have morning or afternoon sun? Do you want a special view? Most importantly, do a reality check. Is the land worth the price you are willing to pay? If it’s not, keep looking.

* Find the Perfect Home Plan
If you’ve planned out your wants and needs, prepared a budget, and decided on a home style, you’re ready for the best part-selecting a home plan. Although most builders will have a selection of completed homes on display or pre-built for purchase, you can expect to make your purchase decision by looking at printed home plans. Fortunately, these layouts are not complicated to understand. They’ll provide you with a simple overview of the home, the number and arrangement of rooms, and the estimated size. When reviewing home plans, you’ll want to refer frequently to your wish list of desired features. Not only is it important that your new home meets your needs, it should also match your lifestyle.

* Take advantage of the market
I can’t say it enough! There is no better time than today to get a great deal on new construction. Land prices have dropped, interest rates are at historic lows, builders are including as standard features many items that were upgrades in the past, and construction costs very reasonable due to the economic downturn.

* Work with a Professional
When building a new home, the best individual to guide you through the process is a builder’s salesperson. A good builder’s sales staff should be true new construction experts who can help you find the land, get financed, design the house plan, and help get the best pricing on your new home. As an added bonus, many also have a REALTOR license and can help you sell your current home, coordinate your move and negotiate a rental if necessary. Many even offer discounted commissions on the sale of your existing home.

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