Here are a few things to consider before you take on this venture.
1. Know What You’re Getting Into
Building a home is neither quick nor easy. There are several major things you need to sort before you pour the first slab of concrete. For example, will you have sufficient time? Construction is a very time-consuming process, and for those with full schedules already, between work and family, there simply may not be enough hours in the day to oversee the building process and put plans together.
Additionally, what’s your living situation like? Most new builds take between eight months to a year, often more, before the house is ready to move into. So, consider whether your current living situation is sustainable for that long. If you’re currently renting, talk with your landlord to make sure there’s flexibility in your lease, should your home take a few months longer than scheduled. You don’t want to be without a roof over your head before the house is move-in ready.
2. Find The Right People For The Job
Don’t rush to hire the first people you meet to build your home. Take your time and do your research to ensure you’re hiring the right people for the job. This is particularly important if you have no prior experience in building a home from the ground up. You’ll sleep there every night, make memories, share it with loved ones—this house is going to be your home, so you want it to be perfect. It’s a good idea to interview a variety of builders and research their reputations to get insights from those who’ve worked with them previously. That way, you can make an educated decision on the builder best qualified to help build your dream home.
Go into your research with questions prepared. If you’re considering a metal home compared to conventional construction, make sure you look for builders who specialize in steel and metal house kits. It’s not just a matter of skill and competency. You'll be working closely with one another for over a year, so you should be a good match personality-wise as well. A builder could seem great on paper, but personalities may clash, making it an uphill battle to work with one another. Interview builders in person to get a full sense of them as workers and people.
3. Location Is Everything
Not only do you want to find the best location for your lifestyle, but there are building codes and potential restrictions to keep in mind, too. These codes are not one-size-fits-all, even within the same state. Building codes can vary from city to city, so it’s crucial your chosen builder is familiar with the relevant restrictions.
Buy land with an idea of the type of house you want to build on it. This will aid your decision-making and narrow down your selections to those that fit within the criteria. Codes and restrictions aside, you must also factor in your current and future lifestyle. Like buying a home, factors such as nearby schools, commutes to work, the neighborhood vibe, and more also need to be considered. Think about both short-term and long-term aspects so you can feel confident you’re building in the right area.
4. Prepare For Anything
It’s tough to accept, but things are likely not going to go 100% to plan. Don’t get discouraged at the first sign of a problem. Be flexible in your desires for the home. Change is an inevitable part of life, and this applies to building a home as well. That initial budget that you planned? It’s possible you’ll exceed it. Additions to the home that appear minor on the surface can quickly add up. Some marble counter here, a bigger closet there—what may seem like one minor enhancement could drastically increase the total cost if you’re not careful with your budget.
Also, some design aspects you may have your heart set simply may not work well in execution, causing major changes to the final layout of the home. Some things are out of your control, and not worth stressing about. Regardless of unexpected issues, the finished home will be uniquely yours, so don’t be discouraged. Instead, focus on what you can do.
With some many things to consider when building your own home, the most important is to enjoy the process. Mistakes will be made, and there will be hard days. But there will also be great days and accomplishments, and the end result is a home you get to enjoy for the rest of your life.