Building A Home From Scratch

Building your dream home from scratch can be one of the most daunting and exciting part of your life. You've made the decision not to buy existing construction, you've scoped out neighborhoods and potential plots, now what? Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction to kick off this huge project.

1. Assemble The Right Team!
Do your research! Many neighborhoods already have developers that have built all of the homes in the area. Find out who they are. It's very difficult to find your own architect, contractors and find the right people to evaluate ordinances. Finding a developer like Kolter Homes in 30A Real Estate in Florida is a great way to do one-stop shopping. Make sure to do your research though! Walk through other homes your developer has built and read reviews online. The National Association of Home Builder's Move.com site and local home builders associations can help you find the right builder.


2. Plan, Plan, Plan!
Work closely with your team to strategize every nook and cranny of your place. As a general rule, the thinking, planning, hiring, and designing stage of your home should take twice as long as the building stage. The more you plan, the easier the process will go. The 3D renderings on roomations.com is a great source for you can visualize your place before it's even built!

3. Do the Legal Stuff. 
Once you've found the right team, make sure the people you're working with are insured. And get written proof of this! You don't want to be stuck in a sticky situation if anything goes wrong. Also, get everything in writing! You may have verbally talked about installing that beautiful marble tile in the bathroom, but when it comes to building time, nothing happened unless it was in writing.


4. Be Patient, But Not That Patient
Building something out of nothing takes time. When your contractors and builders give you a time frame, add some buffer to it in your mind. It's not unusual for construction to take weeks or even months longer than originally planned (especially if plans keep changing!).  Of course, put your foot down when it needs to be done.

These are just a few tips to get started with building your dream home from scratch. For those of you who have done this before, tell us in the comments below what was the most surprising or challenging part for you when you built your home.

This post was written by Lakshmi


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