As rewarding as it is building your dream home, it can also be a very stressful process. There are constant budgets, timelines, decisions and questions to work through. Whether you have already purchased a block of land or you are just starting out, here are some handy hints to keep you calm and collected during the building process.
Research, Research, Research
Then research some more. There is no such thing as over-researching and planning. If you know what to look for and expect during the building process, you can be prepared if delays or problems arise and deal with them efficiently. You can also check out a builder like Coral Homes, who have a number of display homes. Look through the homes to see examples of the finished product and ask about inclusions and the building process.
Make Sure Your Budget is On Track
A large source of stress during building is caused by financial worries. Now that you have done your research, you should have room in your budget for the land, site preparation and building. Speak to other people who have recently built homes and ask them for advice. Often they can tell you what additional costs they incurred along the way so you know what to prepare for.
Choose the Right Block of Land
The ‘right’ block of land is going to depend on your needs, budget and design. If you have pre-purchased a block and are now looking for a home, your builder can help you select a design to suit it. You can also look for a suitable house and land package that suits your budget. This option eliminates a lot of stress for families and first-time builders.
Get Your Contracts in Order
Speak to a solicitor to make sure all contracts and applications for council approval are correctly signed off. The last thing you want to find out halfway through the building process is your retaining wall, driveway or other structure doesn’t meet council requirements. You also need to be certain your building requests have been included in the contract and you are paying for what you want!
Seek Help Selecting Finishes
If the thought of looking through endless color charts or matching kitchen fixtures turns your palms sweaty, get some help from an expert.
Many construction companies have consultants who can help step you through the process and recommend styles to suit your home. If you have pictures of finishes and fixtures that you like, take them with you. This will give you a starting point in the selection process.
Ask Your Builder Lots of Questions
At every stage of the building process, ask questions. Your building supervisor is the main point of contact once construction is underway and they should be able to give you a clear project outline. As your handover date nears, your builder will arrange a walk-through of the property. This gives you a chance to inspect the home and discuss any outstanding work that needs to be finalized prior to handover. This stage helps put your mind at ease.
The building process can feel long and stressful when it should be exciting. Don’t let the stress involved stop you from building your dream home. The reward is worth it.
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