It’s a long way from imagination to realization when it comes to building your dream home, but with the right people by your side, and lots of patience, you’ll be basking on a new couch soon enough!
However, this complex process sometimes takes away the pleasures that come with designing your future residence. In order to take a bit of the stress away, let’s walk through a brief checklist of must-dos for a successful home-building process.
Consult your wallet
Before you even start working on your construction plans and talking to contractors for your project, get a realistic estimate of the project’s cost. Of course, you may have a limited budget, but most future homeowners still need to get a loan or a mortgage to cover their expenses and pay them off over the years to come.
Due to the very high housing prices in Australia, for example, building project homes in Sydney and other desirable locations has become a growing trend. These homes are reliable, beautiful, and easy to build. On the other hand, if you’d like to go a bit above that price range, you should definitely create a detailed budget plan for your endeavor!
Pick the right team
After you’ve established your budget, it’s time to find the dream team for your building project. Interview several different teams, because you never know if, in the future, they might also help you with a remodeling project.
The key things to look for are credentials, preferably a portfolio to see their experience and style, and even references may help you make the final call.
Think flexible thoughts
Whether you will be your own project manager, or you plan to hire one, it’s best to avoid frequent plan changes – it will be reflected in the final bill! Allow yourself enough time to brainstorm and consult an architect perhaps, to land on the right design that can grow with your family and lifestyle.
Picking, for instance, a color scheme that is currently trendy, or a kitchen design that is this season’s favorite may cause you to change your mind way too soon down the road. Go for timeless choices that give you plenty of room to adapt, introduce add-ons, and play with the design over the years to come.
Check the fine print
With a design in your hands and a professional team on your side, you should make sure that the contract you plan to sign contains all the right information, without any hidden costs you cannot cover. That is why nothing should be assumed, and communication is key in order to ensure that your contract is followed to the letter, and to avoid the fuss of future complaints.
Every sound contract should contain every little detail as to the elements included in the process of building your home, from the design to the type and value of the materials used.
Build your rainbow
Among all the legal details, finding and interviewing people for your project, and checking current project prices, it’s safe to assume that you’ll forget all about the color palette of your home. After all, it sounds like such an insignificant detail compared to the type of insulation, or the flooring.
However, this single feature of your project can be one of those determining elements to create the look and feel you’ll ultimately fall in love with. Everything from the roof, the exterior wall colors, all the way to the driveway, think carefully as to the mood of your home and the colors that will represent it for years to come.