The moment that you realize that you will be building your new home, it can get really overwhelming. You begin to think of a lot of ideas, worry about the budget, daydream about the final look of your home, et cetera. See, this excitement is only because this is one activity that you will only be experiencing one or two times in your life (ideally). Like a wedding. But for your home builder, it is a very different story.
For builders, building the home is routine and so if you want to inject as much input as you want (so as to get the best end result), you need to be in as many aspects of the building as possible. So before you plunge into the actual planning stage, here are the 3 essential tips in planning your home design and floor plans:
An Honest Budget
It is really important to run a clean and honest budget when you decide to have your home design and floor plans. The first thing that you need to do is to draft an over all budget that you can show your contractor/s and ask him/them about his/their best offer for your budget. Usually the costs will include construction materials, labor, tax benefits and other related collaterals. Also, don’t be afraid to loan as long as you have a responsible plan for its repayment. After all, your home is one of the biggest investments that you will ever make in your life.
Background Check on Your Builder
There are a lot of builders out there. Some are more experienced than the others, and some are more creative, resourceful or professional. Do extensive research to find the best builder for you and do many background checks. Go to online forums and ask for referrals. This one could make or break the success of your home design and floor plans.
Even if you think that the house that your building is something that you just want to retire it, there is still a very high likelihood that it won’t be your last home. Who knows, you might really have to relocate for a better job offer, or your kids/ husband may prefer an environment which is not so bad after all. Due to these circumstances, be very mindful of your home’s resale value as you are laying down the home design and floor plans. You can save for the upgrades later; so if you’re planning some right now but still don’t have the budget for it, then at least make the design conducive for easy tweaking.