by Todd Ellner
November 8, 2016 Tips

The moment you’ve been dreaming about for so long is finally here: the day you get to build your dream home.

Most certainly you thought it all through. You know exactly how your house is going to look like, how spacious it is going to be. After all, what’s the point of moving into a house if you can’t enjoy all that space?

However, at Gialluisi Custom Homes, we have seen a lot of clients who prefered to move into ready-made homes, or prefered to let a professional team of home builders take over their home building project.

Paige Roupiak, one of the Gialluisi Custom Homes homeowners, admits that she always wanted to build her own home. However, the moment she realized the amount of work that goes into building a house, she was grateful she didn’t have to go through the entire homebuilding process.

“I always thought that I wanted to build my own house ,” she says, “and now that I’m in the house and I see all that goes into it I am so thankful that was was there was already done.”

Creating your home’s plan

Building a home is a big investment. You don’t want to throw your money away. When you plan for an investment like this you must look at it from many angles.

It is important to consider your current and future lifestyles (with/without children, with/without pets etc.). You must also take into consideration family planning: are you building a home just for you, or are you planning to accommodate a growing family?

Double check all the information and don’t be afraid to say what you want out loud. Take time and talk about these aspects with the home builders working on your project. They can help you make the right decisions.

Homebuilding tip: double check all the information before starting a project. (Tweet this!)

Top mistakes you should avoid

Here is a list of common mistakes people tend to do when they start building a house:

  • Taking over the role of general contractor. You probably think you know all about building a house. After all, how hard can it be? But the truth is, even the smallest mistake can cost you more than you imagine.
  • Making plan changes after building is finalized. It’s easier to erase a wall if the house is still on paper, but tearing it down after it is built will require time and financial resources you may not have planned for.
  • Planning with a wrong budget. Make sure your budget is as detailed as it can be. You don’t want to end up not knowing where your money went, or why you overspent.

Tip: make a list of every single thing you buy for the house (building materials, appliances, etc), and how much each cost. This way you can keep track of your money and keep a realistic eye on the true costs of building a home.

  • Choosing the wrong place to build . Placement is very important. It may be tempting to buy a cheaper lot, but think a bit further: you are going to live with that view everyday. Plus, the view is definitely an important selling point in case you ever think of selling. But there are also other aspects to take into account: how far is it from your workplace? Is it a child-friendly area (should it be)? What amenities does it come with?
  • Cutting corners. Avoid cutting corners, especially from the fundamental materials such as bricks and windows. It’s ok if you go for a less expensive bathroom tile though.
  • Build more space than necessary . Your head is probably full with ideas: how many bedrooms you should build, how big is the kitchen going to be, or how you should divide the family room. But think of this: why build eight bedrooms if four are enough?

One last note

There are many ways to build a home. Some of them are right and some of them are wrong.

It’s important to remember that it takes a lot of involvement and patience in the process. You have to know what you want and surround yourself with professionals who understand your needs.

After all, a home is a lifetime investment, so you should build it the right way.

Gialluisi Custom Homes has a building experience of more than 24 years. We are ready to work with you and turn your dream home into reality.

Call 908-206-4659 (FREE) for more information or contact us for a free consultation.

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