Eight questions to ask yourself before building a home
We have helped thousands of clients build their dream homes! We are always excited to add another client to our Homestead Homes family, but before this process can start, clients need to understand everything before embarking on the building a home yourself journey.
This journey is exciting, nerve-wrecking, stressful and rewarding all at the end. But, the journey to the end can be difficult. At Homestead Homes, these are eight questions customers should ask themselves before building a home yourself.
We offer home plans for split levels homes, two story, ranch and our heartland series. All of these different home plans come with different square footage. It’s important to ask yourself: how much space do we actually need?
A pair of empty nesters will need less square footage than a couple who is starting or growing their family. This all needs to be taken into consideration. If you often have guests that stay over, throw parties on the weekend or live near family, you might consider having an extra bedroom and bathroom.
Along with this, you’ll need to consider the plot of land the home will be built on. If you end up purchasing a smaller plot of land, you’ll need a smaller home and vice versa.
2. How long do you plan on living in it?
This is an important questions to ask yourself before starting on building a home yourself. Is this your forever home or just a temporary home? At Homestead Homes, we work with clients who will be living in this home forever and clients who plan on selling in 10 years.
If this is your forever home, make sure it has every amenity you’ll want and need. Also, enough rooms for a growing family.
A temporary home could have less amenities and just the right amount of space for now. Whatever your game plan is, we can help you build it.
3. What are the most important must haves?
HGTV states some of the most common must haves that people are:
- Lots of land
- Large kitchen
- Room for entertaining
- Open concepts or a space that flows
- A home office
- Walk-in pantries
- Full baths
- Large walk-in closets
These design elements and others are some of the most common must haves in a home. For others, it could be a large master bath with a soaker tub with jets inside. (We offer this). Another great idea is a home with open concept and designated areas to eat. An extra space for the kids and entertainment or a finished basement. All of these must haves design elements are on our home plans or clients have customized for their needs and wants.
4. What are the roles I am responsible for as a customer?
At Homestead Homes we are here to guide you every step of the way. As role of the customer you need to get all the necessary paperwork in and let us know if there are any issues or concerns as the job progresses, we will be there to assist you.
5. What are the most important materials to me?
Think of your “home goals,” on your Pinterest board. What does that look like and how can you make your new home look like your Pinterest board. It’s important to identify the materials you want the most. We offer vinyl flooring and carpet options for our clients. But, we don’t offer tile. If tile is something you prefer, you’ll have to splurge a bit.
This is also where you want to examine your budget and see where you can spend and save money. This is the moment you decide “wants versus needs.” It might seem like a need to have an extra bathroom, but is it a want more than a need?
Let’s just say it now: location, location, location. Before you build a home, you’ll need to find the perfect plot of land. This is how to scope out the market to find the best plot of land:
- Use Google Maps and Apple Maps to give you an idea on the location.
- Go take a stroll where the plot of land is located
- Check out online listings of land for sale
- Ask the locals who are out and about
- Where are other home being built?
These are the starting points to finding that perfect plot of land to build your perfect home.
7. How long will the build take?
We often say a home can take six months or longer. This depends on the budget, home plan, timeline, weather and more.
There are bumps in the road along the way that will happen and change timelines, but so is life and that happens no matter what!
8. When is the best time to start?
The best time to start is today! Come speak with us about your options, financing and more! No matter the season, you can build a dream home.