Considerations With New Construction

 By: Leeanne Kunnert
Building a home from the ground up is a dream that many homeowners have. With new construction homeowners can design the perfect home to include all of the special features, colors, materials and such that they have always wanted. As fantastic as all of it sounds the truth is that building a new home come with its own special set of difficulties. Before you decide to build a new home or to start searching local real estate for an existing home consider the points within this article. New construction is a process that occurs over time; it is important to know what you are getting yourself into before signing on the dotted line.

With new construction, homeowners must be involved in the design process. For some this is a win-win situation while others may find this a time consuming daunting task. Consider the time commitment that you have to give to building a new home. Will you have time to look into cabinets, flooring, fixtures, paint and more? New construction offers the opportunity to customize each and every detail. Is this something you are ready to commit to?

With a new construction home you will be the first person to live in the space. This is considered a benefit for many. However it is important to consider that you will also be the first person to discover and repair issues within the home. In order to safe guard yourself against any installation and construction issues have the home inspected by a licensed home contractor before signing off on the new construction. The same is true of buying an existing home. It is crucial that you are aware of any issues that may arise and able to address the repairs before the home is officially yours.

Another consideration is the amount of time it takes to build a custom home. Depending on the location and climate the process can take anywhere between three to six months from start to finish. Do you have that kind of time to wait? Consider the amount of time it will take to sell your current home. Are you moving to a completely new area? Will you be able to find something to rent if the home is not completed on time? Where will you store your belongings until your new home is finished?

When you purchase an existing home you already know that cost of the home. With new construction the cost is ever changing. Each custom feature comes at a price. Part of the new construction process is negotiating all of the extras as you proceed through the project. You will need to stay on top of the additional material and labor fees throughout the process to ensure that you are staying within a set budget. It is important that you get what you pay for. The responsibility of making sure this occurs falls on your shoulders.

After you have considered the myriad of possibilities involved in new construction do you feel comfortable tackling the challenges of new construction? Many people believe the extra effort involved throughout the process of building a custom home is all worth it in the end. At the end of the day they have constructed an environment that is customized to their exact wants and needs.
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