Building a new home is quite an exciting experience, which can sometimes become overwhelming. However, it is quite a routine procedure for your home’s builder, which is why you have to be an active participant in all of the aspects regarding your home construction process in order to ensure that you end up with the home you’ve truly dreamed of.
Building a new home can’t be a passive process, since there are plenty of decisions that have to be made by you. If you’re unwilling or unable to make such decisions, you’ll ultimately force the builder to make them and run the unfortunate risk of having a home that doesn’t turn out the way you’ve envisioned it. Let’s take a look at 5 things you need to know about building your new construction home:
1. Know the numbers
Before you actually begin to building the new home, it is important that you run some number that determine whether or not you can really afford the home you desire. The majority of house plans provide a cost-to-build tool that can provide an exact estimate of construction that is based on where you are building it. This number includes the total construction costs, funds for the slush account and down payment, tax benefits, and other associated calculations.
2. Check your builder’s reputation
There are numerous amounts of builders out there, but not all of them have been created equal. Perform some research in order to understand which ones have the leading reputations. Whether your perform this research online or receive recommendations from friends and family members, find out if the builder is respected for performing quality work.
3. Construct with the resale option in mind
Regardless of how much you truly love the home that you’re building, it’s statistically unlikely that it will become the final home you ever live in. Keeping this fact in mind, you need to take into consideration its potential value of resale. Try not to add too many upgrades that overprice the home for its specific neighborhood. In addition, don’t choose things that are way too out of the ordinary.
4. Think green, think solar energy
Make sure that you perform your research in order to maximize the energy/efficiency of your home’s design. Today, there is nothing more important for your home’s energy efficiency than solar energy. The solar energy panels are able to convert the provided sunlight into electricity. Using solar energy will reduce the new home’s electric bills but needs to be designed properly, which Nemeth Energy Solutions will do. It’s also better, cheaper, and more reliable to install solar on a new home than after the home is finished. Adding solar won’t delay the day that the house will be finished, and the work can all be done before you’re living in the house!
5. Don’t neglect the punch
Part of your final phase of constructing a new home is going over the “punch list”. A punch list is the list that has been created at the final stages of construction, which shows that still needs to be done or repaired in the new construction home. You and the contractor will create the list a week before closing when you go through the final walk through. You should take notes every time you visit the construction site or perform a walk though.