When we’re imagining building a house, most probably we are so enamored with the designing process, choosing furniture, deciding the vibe and the color palette of the home, and racing in our Perodua Bezzas to the nearest IKEA and find inspiration.
But there the other side of house building that most of us would forget, for example: What kind of roof should we use? Solar? Wood Metal? Are there such things as metal roof contractor? How much would it cost? How long does it last?
Once you open that can of worms, it is going to be hard to look the other way. You now realize there are so many things you need to properly research to build the home of your dreams that is also the sturdy long-lasting house that won’t cost you even more money for preventable maintenance.
Here are some things you should think about while planning to build your house, other than the pretty details:
You might want your house to look like the dream house you see on TV, but also.. you need to look at how much money can or willing to spend on the project. When trying to figure out your budget, never compromise on quality to save money. If you do, most probably you will have to spend more money on maintenance in the future.
Your life plan
When you are building a house, most probably you want to stay in it for a long time. It would be wise to think about how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need in the long term. You can save money in future renovations to add more rooms if you decide before you build the house.
Building a house is not a small project. It is going to be a mentally draining and timely process, to say the least. Make sure that you are at a place and time in your life where you CAN invest not just the money but also the attention and the time to the house-building process. If you are not sure, it would be a good idea to make a clear timeline so that you can focus on building the house with the amount of attention that it deserves.
Research for contractors
Contractors are the people who are going to materialize your dream home. You have to make sure that the contractors you choose are
- Have chemistry with you
Never be afraid of being too thorough. The only one who is going to lose is you if you choose poorly. Ask for a portfolio and always meet more than one contractor. The more people you meet, the more you will learn about the field too! More gain for you, and nothing to lose.
These are just very basic things you need to think about, very mundane things, but it is very important to always be sure and prepare. Building a house is a huge commitment the more time you invest, the better.