When it comes time for you to buy your next house, you should put together a list of exactly what you are looking for in a home. House hunting can be an exhausting experience and leave you with a list of locations that ask you to compromise on something you wanted. Perhaps there’s one less bathroom than you wanted, the placement of the windows is blocking your furniture arrangement, or the shape of the kitchen is off. Whatever the case, the chances of finding your dream home – with all the specifications that you would like – is slim to none. This being the case, you should consider building a home from scratch.
Where to Begin
You will have to start the house hunt just like any other – but this time you’re seeking out an open lot. All of the other considerations apply. How close is the location to where you and your spouse work? Is there a decent school system nearby? What are the taxes like? When you reflect on it, you’ll realize that many of the considerations for selecting where to build a home are the same as those for where to buy one.
Fits Just Right
After you’ve lived in a few places, you come to know what it is you are looking for. When you’ve lived in a home where the dining room doubled as your home office or you struggle to get to work on time because you share one shower; you begin to fantasize about a dream home. You know what you don’t like about where you’ve been and you’ve considered what it would take to fix it. When building a home, if you have the right budget, you can customize it so that each room fits the purpose you would like. Furniture fits where it should, everything can be plugged in to a nearby outlet without an extension cord, and you’ll have enough room for your whole family to breathe.
Nothing to Fix
Ok, so being a homeowner means being prepared to fix something in your house on any given day. There’s no super intendant to sweep in and save the day. Yet when you build a house on your own, you become much more familiar with every facet of it. Everything will be up to code. There’s no prior occupant to question about how long an appliance has been there because you start fresh. This way, if anything needs work, you are much better informed to fix it or describe the problem to whomever you hire to do so.
More Environmentally Friendly
There are several ways you can do your part to help the environment when you are designing the house. From low-flow toilets to efficient HVAC systems, energy star homes are a wonderful way to rest well at night knowing you are living in a home that has a low impact on the environment. Start on the right foot by selecting energy-efficient light bulbs, proper insulation, and good windows.
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