When thinking about your dream home, what comes to mind? Is it the location, the interior design, the floor plan, the access to amenities, or the proximity to good schools? Homebuilding is a journey that helps us discover who we are and what is important to us. It is a way to define what matters to your family. For every single home buyer and home builder, it’s the magic of bringing that dream to life.
Determine your needs.
Consider your current home. Are there rooms that are underutilized or require design improvements? Are there places your family regularly congregates that could use enhancements such as additional space or seating, storage or fun fixtures? Discussing the pros and cons of your current home design with each family member is a great way to determine the floor plan and necessary design features for your new home. With everyone’s buy-in, the process of building or remodeling your home becomes a family adventure!
Find the right real estate agent.
When it comes to selecting the perfect lot or new home construction site, choosing a competent and knowledgeable agent is essential. Review your prospective agent’s past clients, licenses, awards and search for any disciplinary charges. Trusting your real estate agent to listen and search for your dream home lot or new home builder is key. The best agents are able to give you a sense of the community you will be moving in to, beyond the glamourous marketing of the local Chamber.
Establish a budget.
Enjoyment of your home once construction or renovation is completed is our goal. If energy efficiency is important to you, what appliances, building practices, or technology can assist you with this? The budget for your home must include these costs plus fees for taxes, design, engineering, and realty commissions, in addition to construction costs. Planning in advance can help to ensure that the only surprise is your finished home design.
Managing timelines, expectations and materials.
When you are imagining your ideal home with its’ colors, textures, and fixtures, building a family scrapbook is a great way to keep everyone involved. Once construction is underway, be sure to address any minor hiccups before they turn into major ones. Obtain written estimates and work with professionals who regularly handle your type of project. With a clear plan and team that has your goals and expectations in mind, you are one step closer to fulfilling your home design dream!