5 Things to Consider when Building Your Own Home
There is a big choice to make when it comes to acquiring your next home – do you want to purchase a pre existing house, or build one according to your own needs and preferences on a piece of land that you own? The first option would undoubtedly be much easier, but when building, you get to put your own stamp on the design and layout of your home.
If you go for the latter option, it is a little more complicated, and you will need to consider the items below.
There is more to a home building cost than just the price of building materials and labour for the building work. You need to consider the charges for hiring an architect, an electrician, plumbers, council charges, and when the time comes, removal costs.
Once you know how much you can allocate to building your home from scratch, you can be more realistic about what your home will look like. This will help you have a house design and plan that is aligned with the money that you are able to spend.
Floor Plan Architect
You might have a rough idea of what you want the floor plans of your house to look like, but a simple sketch is not going to help you get your home built. Hire a qualified architect to help. They will help you make the floor plans. Their expertise will advise you on what you can or cannot include in your build to match the budget that you have.
An architect can help to upgrade your simple home sketch into one that meets city councils approval so a building permit is issued. It is essential that plans are accurate as the builders rely on this during the construction of your new home.
You are not allowed to start planning or building anything on your land until you get these two permits – a planning permit and a building permit.
By having these permits, you are certifying that you have the rights to use your land for development in accordance with the city council’s environmental codes and appearance guideline.
The building permit also shows that your building plan follows the safety regulations and gives you the rights to start building.
Every building project needs to start with some soil stabilisation to ensure that the soil is in the right condition for building to commence. Find out if your land is suitable to be built on straight away, or if you need additional work beforehand.
If your land is located next to the hills or have some rocky areas, soil stabilisation will be required to ensure that your home will be built with minimal rockslide risks and at an efficient pace. Remember – a solid ground foundation is needed for a stable home!
Look for licensed builders who are currently engaged in other building projects. Where available, you can also contact their referrals for honest feedback on their recent builds. You can also make sure that they know what they are doing by asking them detailed questions on your building plan.
Once you have found the right builders who have the right qualifications, history and experience, you can request for a quote to know what their services include. Try to ensure that the builders are insured with the necessary policies in case of on-site accidents occurring.
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