It’s a dream that so many people have; to build their own homes. When finding the right house in the right area at the right price seems to be an impossible task, building your own is an attractive prospect. If you’re taking the plunge and building your own home, the prospect could be daunting, to say the least.
There are a million and one things for you to consider, and it definitely won’t be easy, but we’ve come up with three key tips to help prepare you for what lies ahead.
Don’t Cut Corners:
It can be tempting to find the cheapest way round a job, and when you’re building your home, you have the option to skip steps altogether. Whilst it’s enticing in order to save time and money, don’t do it. As the saying goes, if you’re going to do something, do it properly.
This means no skimping on the boring bits, especially not the planning permission. If you fail to pay for an application and build on your plot anyway, you run the risk that the local authorities will bulldoze your lot. So, whilst it may cost you both time and money, applying for planning permission is crucial.
If your planning permission is approved, there will be plenty of other areas that you might be tempted to gloss over, including the not-so-glamourous jobs like installing DPC (damp proofing course). Whilst this can take up a chunk of your budget, if you don’t go through with it, it will cost you a whole lot more money in the future when you’re battling with all finds of damp and mould.
Do things by the book and you shouldn’t run into too many complications moving forward.
Don’t Be Unnecessarily Frivolous:
There’s a misconception that building a house is more expensive than buying one, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you’re building a house, you’ve probably realised by now that you can get a lot more for your money than if you were to buy a house. This is mostly because you can choose the areas you invest your money in to.
A good example would be if you were not a swimmer and had no need or want for a swimming pool, but the dream house you so desperately want happens to have a swimming pool in the back yard. Regardless of whether or not you actually want the pool, it will be factored into the price of the house and bump it up because it’s a luxury feature. This means either way, if you want the house, you have to pay for the pool. When you build your own home, you need only pay for the features you desperately want. This can be a huge money saver as it prevents you overspending on things you don’t want, in return preserving your budget.
Of course, to work out what you really want in your house will require extensive planning. You can never spend too much time discussing what you need in your house to make it work for you. By planning everything out – from the kitchen counters to the bathroom taps – you will avoid impulse buying and overspending. Don’t add in features simply to gain social status; if you won’t use a pool, don’t add a pool. It might add monetary value to your house, but if you plan on your new house being your forever home, the monetary value doesn’t matter as much as practicality and usability, and there’s no point adding in features you won’t gain from.
Do It Yourself:
Wherever you can, you should do things yourself. There will be some things that you can’t do yourself, be it the actual design of the house or the bricklaying and plumbing, but there are also things you should be able to do. It might be the basic landscaping or the painting and decorating; whatever it is, there will be a way for you to get involved. You might choose to do something yourself to save money, or you might do it to say you had a part beyond picking the fixtures and fittings. Whatever it is, get stuck in.
Building a house won’t be smooth sailing, but it can certainly be made easier using the steps above.