Building a New House Tips on How to not Go Crazy
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Published by TOP4 Team
Sometimes planning to build a new house can be stressful. To prevent going crazy while building a new home, you can follow this tips:
Set a Budget
Talk with several builders about your plans, must-haves, and want-to-haves. Find out if your budget is realistic with your plans and ideas. Check and see what you are getting in each quote. A higher quote might mean better quality materials. Think through things that can be finished later, like a basement, and things that can't be added later.
Find 1-2 Advisors
Not every friend who might have an opinion. Not your whole family and your husband's whole family. Not all of Facebook. Just 2 or 3 trusted, experienced friends who know something about building and you. Then shut your ears!
Choose your Builder Carefully
You will be spending many, many houses with your builder, so make sure he is someone you trust, like, and can rely on. Ask for references, check out the house he's built. Drink coffee together.
Know the Selections Schedule
Ask about a schedule for selections so you know when certain decisions need to be made. This will help you make decisions chronologically and will help keep the project on time.
Communicate any concerns you have earlier rather than later. This helps keep you and your builder on the same page and gives him a chance to address your concerns.
Understand the Process
Activity at the house site often seems concentrated at the beginning of the process. But more of the small details and internal workings happening towards the end of the job. Things are happening, even when there isn't a flurry of activity.
Celebrate small milestones (and big ones) instead of waiting to the end of the project to celebrate. This will help you enjoy the process and keep up your excitement and joy in your new home.