Things No One Told You About Building Your Own House


Building a house can be an exciting and stressful thing. When you know what you’re getting into and what to look for, it’s generally a little easier to tackle. Take the time to do your research and make smart choices to avoid having buyer’s and builder’s remorse.

Placement is really important.

When you’re planning out your house, pay particular attention to placement. The placement of your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry rooms, and other frequently used rooms need to make sense. Think through living in these spaces. Visualize yourself moving through these areas. The motion of moving from room to room should run smoothly and not be awkward. There is a lot to think through.

For example, when considering where to place your bedroom, be sure that is in a private part of the house away from noise and traffic. And your kitchen—you’ll appreciate it being close to your point of entry when you’re bringing in groceries. Or near the garage when you’re taking out the trash. Poor planning and poor placement are not easy fixes, be sure you really think through these decisions before building.

Pay attention to your HVAC system and your windows.

Poor planning when it comes to your HVAC and windows can lead to trouble with moisture, mold, and regulating house temperature. The size of your HVAC will determine your ability to cool or heat your house effectively. Furthermore, high quality and well-placed windows will help your house temperature stay regulated without costing you extra in energy bills. For a more efficient and healthier house, consult an expert about your HVAC and windows.

Size matters.

Though it may save you money to build smaller, many millennials say they regret building as small of a house as they did. Remember to think long term. It may be worth it to hold off on building until you can afford the size of the house you want.

Furnishing adds up fast.

When you’re building a new home, you’ll need to furnish that home. Those costs can add up quickly. Be sure to include a generous furnishing budget in your overall budget when building. To soften the blow, you can furnish a little at a time. Start with the essentials and then slowly fill in your house as your budget loosens up.

Your neighborhood and school districts affect your house’s worth.

Even if you don’t have children, the quality of your local school districts and neighborhood impact the value of your home. When you’re choosing a lot to build on, pay attention to the neighborhood. Is there anything about it that would bother you? What is the noise level like? Will it bring down the value of your house? As for the school district, it may seem like it won’t matter if you don’t have any children attending school, but it will impact your neighborhood and your house’s overall worth. Learn about the quality of these things before committing to a lot.

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