If you are building your dream home it is important that you go through and carefully plan what you want. This is a major undertaking, and when you sign the contract you are financially responsible for the house. This is why it is important that you make sure that you are getting exactly what you want. Here are a couple tips for getting the perfect home.
1. Be Realistic About The Size
In the past couple decades, the average size of homes has significantly increased. In fact, many people think that they need more space than they did years ago. Now, the average size of a home is somewhere around 2,500 square feet, compared to around 1,500 square feet in 1973. Recognize that just because this is the average doesn't mean that you actually need all that space. You will be paying for every square foot of the house. The cost of each square foot can really add up.
For this reason, you should think about every room and area in your house. If you have unused space consider getting rid of it. This will help to save costs.
2. Don't Forget About The Yard
Right now the trend is to put houses right next to each other so there is very little landscaping. Although it might be cheaper for you to pay for a smaller lot, and then build a huge house on it, it will be harder to resell. Although you don't need a huge yard, because that is a lot of maintenance, it is important that you have some landscaping to help bring variety to the yard and make the house beautiful.
Therefore, try to get a bigger lot that can have a little more yard, or build a smaller home to allow for the variety.
3. Beware Of Too Many Gadgets
When you are building the home, you might be tempted to put in a lot of extra gadgets and upgrades. This can be very dangerous if you are trying to keep costs and maintenance low. Although a couple extra features might not harm the home, if everything in the home is custom made and specially designed, it will be very hard when things need to be repaired. Repairs might cost you more money than you were willing to spend. For this reason, keep things simple if at all possible.
By planning accordingly for your home, you can be sure that you are pleased with the end result. Work closely with your building contractors to get the home of your dreams.