If you are considering building a home, you should be collecting home building tips and facts. Be sure to download our free 98 page guide and read all the articles on our site which interest you. Below are some quick pointers as an overview of tips and facts.
• Create a home building journal to record your research, your ideas and your selections. The journal may be a physical book, or a set of computer files, but it is important to record the process to help you stay on track.
• Research every aspect of home building extensively. Stay current on the latest in materials, and construction techniques.
• Know your materials. There are more choices than ever in materials. New energy saving structural panels, insulated concrete forms and closed cell insulation have changed the face of construction. Be sure to consider all your options before making a decision.
• You can save money with a shell or kit home, and finish the interior yourself if you are a talented do-it-yourselfer. Hire independent contractors to do work you are unsure of, and work that requires a license.
• Here is one of the most important home building tips and facts. Make sure you choose the strongest materials for a durable low maintenance structure. Your home should last for generations, and protect you and your family from storms and earthquakes. The structural integrity is more important than any other feature of your house so make sure that you select the right materials and techniques to insure the health and safety of your family, both now and in the future.
• Consider your personality, your circumstances and what you want from life, as you look at home building lots. Location is one of the most important factors in real estate. Choose wisely between rural, city, suburbs or subdivisions. There is not right or wrong answer. It depends on your family and your lifestyle.
• Subdivisions have bylaws and restrictions that could determine where on your lot you can place your house, how many square feet both maximum and minimum, and the overall shape and appearance of the structure. Be sure to read all these rules carefully before you decide on a subdivision.
• In damp climates choose a lot on high ground, and understand that a lot which slopes at a 30 degree or more angle will cost a lot more to build on than a flat lot.
• Know your home builders and contractors. There are many home builders and contractors in every city and small town. Obtain a list of all the home builders in your area, using the phone book, the internet and your local home builders association. Research all the builders very carefully before you decide. Get estimates from at least three and preferably six builders before choosing one.
• Don’t sign a contract before you and your attorney look it over very carefully. Never sign an a contract with an arbitration clause, and make sure your contract insures your right to inspect the jobsite at least once or twice a week.
• Visit your jobsite frequently over the course of construction. Always be nice to the crew, but be sure to inspect the quality of both materials and labor. Most of those horror stories you read about on line, would have never happened if the home owner had been vigilant in visiting the jobsite and making sure that everything was up to code.
Use these and other home building tips and facts to make sure your home building project goes smoothly.