Owning your own home is a very significant right of passage in everyone’s adult life. This marks a shift into settling down and starting the phase of your life. But you may ask, why go through the effort of building a house from scratch? It can be extremely time-consuming, especially when so many options are readily available for sale.
Well, first off, when you get your own home built, you can customize everything to your own liking. Secondly, it is cheaper to build your own house compared to buying a new one. Even if you buy a cheaper home second-hand, the number of adjustments and repairs you will have to make will end up costing you a lot more.
Set Aside a Budget
If you are holding down a blue-collar job, it will probably take you a few years to save up the money for a house. It is prudent to start thinking a few steps ahead and start saving up in your twenties even. Especially if you do not wish to take out loans or mortgages for your house. But it really is quite normal to take out loans for building a house.
If you have a good track record, banks are willing to grant loans easily as well. You have to be realistic while considering a budget though. Most people envision a home that is much larger than what they actually need. You need to define exactly what you need and set your budget according to that. Initially, you also need to keep your budget a little flexible.
Depending on what country you live in, a lot of governments actually have very helpful loan schemes to help build houses.
Choose a Location
A lot of factors go into choosing the location you choose to build your house. You need to consider a real estate area that is within your allotted budget for buying land. You need to consider the area’s proximity to your workplace or any future work prospects in the area. A long daily commute can become very taxing over the period of a few years.
You also need to see if you want your house in a good school district. This will prove beneficial if you plan on having children. It can also be very advantageous from a financial point of view. Real estate in a school district tends to increase in price over time. Take into consideration the land’s proximity to places like a hospital, departmental store, and a marketplace.
On a side note, buying and selling real estate can be a very profitable side investment. This is because the value of a piece of land does not go down. An area that is expected to develop commercially in the near future, the real estate there is expected to increase in value. You can buy that land earlier and sell it at a profit later on.
Make Your House Plans
Now that you have your perfect piece of land, you need to start thinking about your house plans. Of course, if you are not an architect, no one expects you to make your own blueprints.
Here, you need to hire a professional and work with them. You need to communicate to them your vision of your home. You need to tell them the aesthetic you are going for. The sizes and numbers of rooms, and whether you want to go for traditional or modern construction. Once your blueprints are made, you need to get them approved by the relevant authorities as well.
Hire a Contractor and Get Construction Started
After getting your blueprints made, you need to hire a construction contractor. This is optional since you can manage all the different aspects of the construction yourself if you have the time. However, doing it yourself is not recommended.
Contractors usually already have contacts and know where to hire the labor from. They also know the best places to buy things like cement, wood, and paint. You will have to spend time looking for all of these and much more if you choose to do it yourself. It is much more convenient to hire a contractor.
You will need to work with your contractor and pay frequent visits to the construction site to make sure everything is going according to your liking. While you are getting your home’s structure built, you need to simultaneously install amenities like electricity, plumbing, and gas.
You need to contact electrical distribution box manufacturers to house your distribution box and keep it safe from the elements. For gas and plumbing, you need to buy piping and valves to install all over the house.
When you have your structure built, congratulations! You are done with almost ninety-five percent of your task. All that is left to do is make that house structure feel like your own home. This includes painting and adding custom designs in rooms according to what the inhabitants prefer. Move your furniture into this home and you are a proud owner of a home! Of course, you will find small issues with the home that you can fix along the way.