What an exciting endeavor it is to build a home! Right? Indeed it is. The whole process of designing, the decors can definitely be a picture filled with emotions for everyone.
Building a house/home is a journey. There will be twists and turns you might not like, so be keen to adapt and improvise.
The important thing to remember is that you get the abstract foundation (the vision) correctly.
Now once you have a clear vision you will have a ton of questions ranging from the cost of building, the duration, and architecture and room size down to sinks, light fixtures and doorknobs.
Decide and research wisely on the kind of residence you want – an apartment or a condo or a house. For instance you can check Precondo to know about some of the best condos in your favorite area.
Now, building a home is a two-way street: firstly, the owner’s vision, and secondly, the builder's execution.
The communication between the two is vital for the whole process to move forward smoothly without any unwanted surprises in future.
Here we will highlight some questions you need to ask before embarking on your journey before building a home.
For better understanding, we will categorize questions into two aspects: Personal questions and Builder related questions.
1. Personal Questions
Building a new home/house is a big investment, so before actually building a house you should sort your abstract foundations in order.
For example, the location, family size, cost of maintenance, future requirements, and levels of personal customization.
Let’s dive in a little deeper into such questions
Is the Location conducive?
The land you buy determines the parameters and limitations of your home both structurally and aesthetically. You must examine the location to ensure that it is conducive to supporting a home.
Geographically not all soil is equal and building a home on a lot with inappropriate soil can result in foundation problems such as cracks in the future.
You also need to keep in mind the neighbourhood that you are building your home in.
Know what to look for in a neighbourhood in this article before making it your own. Also, it is smart to know about the taxes related to property in your location.
What are my requirements and budget?
We have all made careless purchases which we have regretted. To avoid this, the next logical step is to set the requirements first before your wants.
For this, you need to plan out a list of your requirements like the size of the house, the number of rooms, amenities and extra room for flexibility for future depending upon your budget.
While doing so it is also advisable to keep your future income in mind for the cost of maintaining your home.
2. Builder related questions
If you are opting for partial help or laying your whole building work to a building company, you need a more comprehensive line of questioning.
How to choose your building company?
You must scan your builders carefully before committing your investments. The builder you opt for is going to be responsible for your home.
One must be cautious and one must do a thorough market study to find the best builder suitable for your vision and who will provide the best quality in terms of quality of material used, architecture and service.
Here are some pointers you should look into before choosing a builder:
- a) Years of experience and success rate.
- b) Ongoing projects and previous customer’s testimonies.
- c) Builder’s portfolio.
- d) Quality of work.
Can the builder help you find a plot or examine your plot if you have one already?
If you are new into building a home and you need a plot for building your home, you should ask your builder to find a suitable plot.
An efficient builder will not only provide a good quality structure but will help you zero in on an area that has good facilities, a good network of roads, high appreciation value which will increase your resale value as well.
If you have a location already, a good builder will examine the quality of the soil as per your request or otherwise.
How long will it take to build?
It is important to know what you are getting into timing-wise with new construction. While it is not possible to get a promised date delivery but generally a fixed duration can be estimated.
Be sure to also ask if the build time includes the time it takes to get the permits since those will typically take about 5 to 6 weeks to obtain.
What are the standards and upgrade options?
Like any business, a builder will provide standard quality and upgraded or customized quality options.
Depending upon your requirements ask what type of finishes are included, go through the model unit with the sales representative and have them point out what’s standard and what facilities are upgraded.
Some builders limit your customization. To avoid extra charges of installing it yourself, be vocal and negotiate your preference during your initial meeting with the designing team.
Is there an additional escalation cost?
Sometimes the builder will charge you additional cost since the price of certain building equipment has increased. Such cost can be a headache.
It is advised to read the builders terms and condition policy carefully (or ask beforehand about such cost).
What are the customer’s warranties?
Inquire about the warranties covered by the builder. Most new constructions come with one or more warranties that protect you in the event of a mishap early on, including a short term whole-house warranty and a longer structural warranty.
However, ask what the warranties include and how long they last.
These are some of the questions that a home building journey needs to tackle beforehand. The answers you find will multiply your understanding and sort your needs accordingly.
If possible grab a picture of your ideal home with your builders. Ask and research any queries diligently. Your findings will help the next person as well.
Good luck with building your home!!!