5 Tips to Make Your New Home Construction Go Smoothly
Building a new home can be an intimidating process. Most people will often shy away from the idea of building a custom home due to their lack of knowledge about construction and the multiple steps it entails. Although the thought of building a custom home can be scary, there are many positive aspects that come with the process. Building a custom home allows the buyer to develop a living space that is designed for themselves and their family. It allows them to have control over the entire aesthetic of the home and it gives the buyer a chance to include their own “twist” and uniqueness throughout the design. Here at Holland Homes, we want the construction process to be as stress-free and as easy as possible so we planned out five tips on how you can make the process of building a home go smoothly. Tip 1: Know the Right Questions To Ask Your Homebuilder When building a home, it is important to be involved in the construction process. A productive way to be more involved is to ask your homebuilder questions and to know what questions should be asked. A few examples of the types of questions to ask would be: How long will the entire building process take? Is landscaping included in the price of the home? How much “customizing” can be done versus standard features? These examples are just a “layout” of the types of questions and conversations you should have with your homebuilder. Asking questions can give the buyer a better sense of trust in their homebuilder and it can also decrease the stress level of the entire project. The homebuilder is there to help the buyer, and their job is to create the perfect home for a particular family. Never be afraid to ask as many questions as you need. Tip 2: Keep The Future In Mind When building a custom home, it is important to keep the future in mind. Generally, when someone decides to build their own home it is because they plan to stay for a long period of time. With that being said, be sure to love the location you have picked for the home, whether it be in the suburbs, the country or the city. Another part of the future that should be considered is how big your family is or how big your family will be. For example, if you plan on having a family of five, try to build a home that will be able to accomodate all of the needs for those people. Lastly, in the case that you will need to move out of your custom home, be sure to know the resale value. It is important to have knowledge about the value of your custom home for future circumstances. Tip 3: Research About Homebuilders In Your Local Area Another tip on how to make the construction process of your custom home go smoothly is to research homebuilders in the local area where you wish to build your home. For example, at Holland Homes, we aim to be a trustworthy, professional construction service that is small enough to care and big enough to handle all of our client’s needs with excellence. Your goal, as the buyer, is to find a construction company that will fit your needs as a client. Tip 4: Set a Realistic Budget An important factor when it comes to building a new home is the budget and how much to set your budget for. The best way to handle the stress of a budget is to make sure it is realistic. The budget should be set early in the design process - but have the knowledge that your budget will probably fluctuate. There are often unknown circumstances that arise when building a home, so having a budget with some flexibility will make the construction process less stressful. Tip 5: Establish a Construction Management Plan Any project is more successful when there is an organized plan/layout. There are many different types of construction management plans. The construction management plan could be created by either the homebuilder or the buyer. Generally the construction management plan created by the homebuilder is more focused on the design and construction aspect of the home. But when the buyer creates a construction management plan, it focuses more on the entire project map. No matter who makes the construction management plan, but the most successful way to plan it is by starting at the end. You need to know where your project will finish, so by creating this plan and following it, your homebuilding process will become less stressful. At Holland Homes, we pride ourselves on our experience in the industry, as well as the receptivity and transparency that we provide throughout the process, and the guarantee we make to help with any small issues you may face after the keys exchange hands. If you’re looking for a custom home builder, we could very well be the right fit for you. Feel free to check out our process, and give us a call at 334-332-7157 to start turning your dream home into a reality today!