Important Tips To Keep In Mind When Starting To Build A House

When you’re finally getting to build your house, things can feel pretty spectacular. In most cases, this means you’ve saved up a lot of money, forgoing shorter-term luxuries in many situations to put money away for the house that you wanted to build. Sometimes people have even lived in camper vans or minuscule apartments as they stowed away cash for the dream home.

Of course, this elated feeling can quickly settle into a dozen miniature headaches if you’re not careful about the home building process. The following will explore a few crucial tips to keep in mind when you’re looking into building a house.


Think About The Land

Before you get to the building part, you’re going to need a piece of land on which to build. Depending on where you live, this might be the most difficult part of the process, or as simple as you taking a drive down a street full of vacant lots and picking the one that you like.

When searching for land, you need to, foremost, understand the zoning regulations and what the process of changing those might look like if you’re planning on doing that. If you want to run a little shop outside of your dream home or have a separate barn-like structure that will serve as your office, you need to look into whether or not this is allowed before you buy.

Many townships have strict rules about what can and cannot be built on a piece of land. Make sure that the property you’re looking at is legally able to meet your needs.

Moreover, if you’re going a bit out of town, you’ll need to consider water supply. Digging a well is a fantastic option but can be pricy (especially if the land is full of thick rocks or water levels are quite far below ground).

If the property does not have road access yet (which, by the way, is how you get those super inexpensive, isolated properties), you’ll need to look into the cost of getting a road set up (how else are you going to get all the supplies you need to the building site).


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Think About The Law

Depending on which country you live in and which area within a country (because sometimes it changes state by state), there are going to be some very specific legal requirements your home will have to have. This might include something like a backup heating system which is legally required in many counties in Canada, or a septic system that meets government regulations. Learn about all these requirements early on so you can make sure you’re not building an illegal house (it’s going to be a massive headache to make these changes later on).

Understand It’s Going To Take Longer Than You Think

Like with any home renovation project, building a house is going to take a bit longer than you think. It’s a good idea to get used to this concept by taking whatever the estimated time frame is and adding 30% to it. This means for every three days you’re told it will take, add another day.

There are so many factors that can slow down a building process, including a week of absurd storms, discovering an archaeological find when you start digging (legally, you’re required to stop digging and bring in a team to extract and preserve archaeological discoveries), or stumbling across a nest belonging to an extremely endangered animal that requires intervention before building continues.

If you are planning on staying in a small, inexpensive place throughout the build, take the time now to figure out how you’re going to stay sane if the build takes much longer than initially anticipated. If you mentally prepare yourself for the long build time, you won’t be so disheartened when it happens.

Hire Professionals

Unless you actually know what you’re doing, get a professional to help you out. A local professional team like at will know the area you’re building in, the requirements that need to be met, the places where financial corners can be cut, and the places were under no circumstances should financial corners be cut. They also have years of experience helping people bring their dream homes to life and know common design solutions to common design problems. 

The above tips should get you set on the right path towards building a home. The process might take a while, but if these initial foundation steps are taken properly, one day, you’ll be able to live happily in the home that is just right for you and your family.

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