Taking the decision to build your own home can be a huge one. While you’ll be in for a lot of stress and hard work, it could be one that pays off and gives you the house of your dreams at an affordable price. If you’ve decided to take that step – you need to make sure you’ve got everything covered. We’re going to look at a few tips so you can make sure you’ve got everything sorted before the build starts.
- Get a good architect
This one is super important – and it could mean the difference between a great project and a bad one. It’s one of the first things you need to get sorted – a good architect and a design you’re happy with (and that you can afford). Don’t simply go for the first architect you find – look around, view their portfolio and ask for recommendations.
- Make sure planning is sorted
Some areas have very tight planning laws – if you live in one of them you’ll need to work closely with planning authorities and your architect to come up with a design that’s acceptable. In other locations, things can be a bit more relaxed so you might not have to worry too much. You might want to consider a planning consultant to help you in certain situations.
- Shop around for builders
Like with finding an architect – you shouldn’t just hire the first one you find. Ask around for recommendations and check previous work. Ask for quotes from different firms and see what works best for you. Make sure you know how additional costs are going to be handled or if the quote includes everything.
- Future-proof your wiring
Here’s one simple thing that it’s good to remember before you get all the work done – put extra capacity for wiring in the walls to make new technology easier to install in the future.
- Consider a project manager
While a project manager will make things cost more – it’ll also reduce the stress of the situation and hopefully make it run smoother. You can manage the project yourself – but this might be difficult if you’ve got a full-time job and if you haven’t got any experience.
- Make sure you’ve got spare money just in case
Most projects go over what you expected to spend – so make sure you’ve got enough to cover this.
- Have the right tradespeople lined up
Don’t just get to the point of needing your electrical work and plumbing done at the last minute. Make sure you’ve got good quality, well-recommended tradespeople lined up to do the work as soon as possible to save time.
- Plan the right interiors way in advance
You should start planning what you want to do with your interior design way before the project is completed. Actually, it’s something the architect should take into consideration when designing the home right at the start. Don’t just get an empty shell built and then decide how you’re going to decorate. While some changes might be necessary, you should have a theme you’re sticking to throughout the project.
If you do not want to go through all those hassle, you could consider a prefab home instead.