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How to prepare to build your dream home

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Want to build your dream home but don’t know where to start? Then read on.

Have you always wanted to build and design your own home?

Building your own home is definitely the American dream come true, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Do you need a designer? An architect? How much will it cost? How long will it take?

These are pretty common questions, and the following will provide answers to a few of those as well as how you can prepare to build your dream home now or in the future.

Save, save, save, and then save some more

Building a custom home is no cheap endeavor, and the cost greatly varies from state to state.

For example the average cost of building a home in Idaho Falls, Idaho is about $111.45 per square foot for basic construction, which comes to around $220,000 for a 2000 square foot home, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Whether it’s an Idaho Falls home builder or any other state, it's obvious that it's important to save as much as possible if building a home is your goal.

Not to mention there are so many unforeseen costs that come with building, so having a nice savings to fall back on when things happen will make everything go a lot smoother.

Scout out several locations

Before you start hiring a contractor and designer it’s a good idea to know where you would possibly like to build and if the land is available.

Make a list of all the things you want near your house such as parks, stores, schools, etc. Also see if you want to build in an existing neighborhood where you could possibly knock down an old house, or if you would prefer a newer development. Also, something to consider is what location you want your lot, such as on a corner, in a cul-de-sac, etc.

Then drive around the city you want to live in and see what land or lots are available to start building your home.

Decide on a general contractor and designer

When it comes to building, although technically you can do everything yourself, it might be best to hire a general contractor and designer to help out.

The benefits of hiring a contractor are that they will be able to help adhere to any city codes or zoning codes, as well as oversee the workers building your home.

The benefit of a designer is that they can help you know how big you should make the bedroom, living, rooms, dining room, etc. based on the type of furniture and appliances you want.

They can also help to pick out all the things you will need on the inside and outside of your house, what paint colors, tile vs wood, carpet, and any other design specs that you want or need.

Make plans and be firm about them

Before you start building, plan for as much as possible.

Plan with your significant other and family about what you want and need, then plan with your contractor and designer.

This is important because when the actual building process starts everything will go a lot smoother if everyone, including you, has a clear vision of what is wanted and needed, which will also prevent any unnecessary delays.

Planning will also take away some stress, because building a home is just going to be a stressful experience, and lessening that in any way possible is the smart thing to do.

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