There’s nothing wrong with wanting a dream home, but for many people, buying a property reeks of compromise. You’ve got to balance your hopes and dreams with reality. Unless, of course, you design your home from the ground up.
Obviously, this isn’t the perfect solution for everyone. There’s a reason why people buy existing properties and make do with what they can get.
But if you have the circumstances to allow it, building your home yourself might be the best way to get a house that suits your wants and needs. You can design the perfect home study space or workshop if you work from home, or if anyone in your family has special needs, you can accommodate them.
Here are some things to consider when trying to turn your dream home into your real home.
Finding the Right Plot
As you might expect, the first step to building any property is finding land. You can’t just stick a house on any bit of land and call it a day.
First, find land that has been zoned for residential building and, ideally already has planning permission for a house. The cheapest plot of land you can find probably isn’t appropriate for residential work. If it’s already zoned and has planning permission, it has probably also been checked by a land surveyor.
You also need to make sure it’s the right size, shape, and in the right location for your needs. Is it near utilities and amenities? What about the land surrounding it? There’s nothing worse than building a house with a beautiful view, only to discover that an industrial estate is due to be built practically in your back garden.
Funding the Project
Money is everyone’s best friend and worst enemy. Ideally, you should consider the budget for your build before you even find a plot, but it’s also something that should be integrated into every step of the design process.
One of the benefits of building a property is that it can work out cheaper than buying the home you want.
Unfortunately, this comes with a measure of risk. Any building project can go wrong, and one of the most common reasons that projects grind to a halt is money. Make sure you set a realistic budget that encompasses the build itself, as well as room for surprises.
Use Trusted Contractors
Speaking of nasty building surprises, one of the best ways to avoid them is by using trusted, skilled contractors with good reviews and reputations. Get a quote early on and make sure that you’re kept informed.
You should also use specialists for certain jobs. For example, when it comes to wiring up the property, electrical contractors are an absolute must.
This doesn’t just make sure the building work goes well, but it also ensures that your home will last as long as possible. If this is your forever home, you’d better make sure that it can stand forever.