Where to start: building on your plot of land!
You have finished the beginning stages of when it comes time to build your own homestead. Plot of land has been found, the home plans are picked, finances are situated, and now it’s time to start the build! However, when you’re sitting there staring at a plot of land, the motivation and excitement might go away and anxiety can creep in.
Don’t let this stop the excitement! Where do you start?
This first step will all depend on where you’re building your new home! An area with trees, shrubs and more will need to be cleared before the process can be started. You might need to contact companies with heavy equipment to remove larger trees that are unwanted and large shrubs.
With this, you might need to have water and sewer lines along with electric wired added before you can start with the building process. (Unless you’re living old school!) Finally, make sure there is a drainage system in place for excessive rainfall, snow and anything else to control runoff and erosion!
Submit final plans and file for permit in the city
This is a step you can’t forget about when the land is prepared and cleared- submit the final drawings and contact the city for a building permit. At Homestead Homes, we help you with this process and submit the drawings and contact the city for you! Just one more advantage when you build your own homestead with us.
Once the paperwork is submitted, you’ll need to make sure to apply for a permit in the city. You will be responsible for the permit fees and any other costs that can arise when it comes to submitting paperwork needed by the city and state.
This step should be done between clearing and preparing the land and while you wait for everything to be finalized. The best thing to do is find a local team who can help you throughout the process.
Homestead has a list of recommended contractors for clients to contact and use, but you are also able to use other subcontractors of your choice. Clients should get bids while drawings are in progress, but be sure to review final drawings with contractors for a final bid.
Stick to budget
This is so important when you start to build your own home! You know you can only spend so much money and try your very best to stick to the budget. You set it in place for a reason! The best things to always review is how much materials are, how much labor will cost, is the timeline still on track and more. Also, don’t add a number of different features and additions after you’ve set the budget in the beginning. The more additions and features will hike up the price in the end.
Stick to timeline
You could be in your new home in six months if you stick to your timeline! A timeline is set for budget purposes and for subcontractors work schedules. You can’t be a general contractor without subcontractors.
These are the top five tips to remember when it’s time to start building your home! The empty plot of land might seem daunting, but it will all come together, just remember these tips along the way. If you need any other help while you build your own home, follow our blog!
Homestead Homes has been helping people design and build their dream home since 1995. We are currently building in the following states: Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa! Contact us for information. We offer the following home plan designs from ranch styles to two-story beautiful homes.