Five Things You Need to Know Before Building Your Own House

Five Things You Need to Know Before Building Your Own House
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    Building your own home is an exciting prospect. You finally get to create the house of your dreams, and while there will be compromises made, ultimately you get to decide all the best features to include in your new place.

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Before your start drawing up the blueprints, here is some sage advice for building your own home and how to make sure the process goes smoothly.

Choose a Contractor Wisely

It is pretty rare you’ll know your contractor personally, but it is important you feel comfortable with your choice. This is the person who will oversee all the work done on your house and will be instrumental in implementing your home plans. Get recommendations online and from friends you trust. Try to gage if they see your plan the way you do.

Be Realistic

It’s important to have set goals and a timeline in place for the building period. Try to outline how much time you can take off to oversee the project, and make sure you leave room for the work you want to do yourself, if you only trust yourself to do the painting or tile, have a date in mind to do the work. Be realistic and set goals you can meet. The worst thing with building is being disappointed when the project takes longer than expected or when the cost is way more than you thought.

Outline Expenses

If you are hiring contractors and builders get estimates from them on the price range and be sure to shop around for a good deal. Breakdown all the costs for materials and labor to see if you’re getting a fair price. If you’re buying your own land, make sure you have enough set aside to continue payments on it later. Be sure you read through all contracts carefully and know all the builder’s responsibilities.

See What You Can Do Yourself     

Make a list of all the work you think you can do yourself. If you have experience with framing and bigger tasks, see if you might be able to get it done yourself with a few hired hands. If you’re not a builder by trade there are always other ways to save. You may be able to install plumbing, electrical or other small fixtures.

Get Insurance

There are different types of insurance you might want to consider for building your own house, to protect yourself and the home. Course of Construction Insurance will protect against risks that might arise while the construction is going on. General Liability Insurance is a broad insurance that protect builders and your liabilities. Workman’s Compensation Insurance will be for builders who don’t have their own employees or worker’s compensation.

Before you get the big building plans in motion for a new home, be sure you are prepared to take on the job. These tips can help you to stay safe and ready for anything construction your own place may throw your way.

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