When compiling new home building tips the first thing to do is establish priorities. What is the most important aspect? What are your main secondary considerations, and which things are not important to you at all. People have different values and different priorities, and many home builders forget that. Establish what is important to you, and build your home according to your own needs and desires.
New Home Building Tips: Saving on Long Term Costs
The price of your home is not the bottom line on costs. Interest rates, utilities and maintenance are a huge part of the real cost of your home. Cutting corners on important aspects of your home, such as insulation, or structural integrity could cost you many times their price tag in the long run.
• Use a 15 year loan, not a 30 year loan, to save tens of thousands of dollars on interest.
• Build with Insulated concrete to save on maintenance costs, and energy bills.
• Insulation is worth every dime you spend on it. Get maximum R-value possible.
• Energy efficient appliances are well worth the added cost.
• Consider solar panels to eliminate the power bill, and perhaps get a monthly check from the electric company instead of a bill.
• Self sustaining homes are also very valuable, consider an off the grid home.
New Home Building Tips: Durability
• Insulated concrete is number one for durability. Good insulated concrete panels are 10 to 14 inches thick. Five or six inches of polyurethane foam with a minimum of two inches of concrete on each side can last over 250 years with no problems and very little maintenance.
• Wood can be durable as well, but it must be maintained and protected, further it must exceed minimum standards to be strong. If the code says two by fours use two by sixes, and if the code says two by eight go with two by ten.
• Above all make sure that your home is constructed correctly by visiting the construction sight frequently during the building process. Be there when the footings are poured. Later, inspect the foundation carefully before the floor joists are installed. Check the floor joists to make sure they are level before it is covered by subfloor. Inspect the studs as well. Learn to use a level and inspect carpentry with a critical eye. It’s so much better to catch mistakes at this point, than to find out later that your floor, walls or roof is unsound, due to shoddy workmanship.
Building a new home is much more than carpet and bath fixtures. While some homebuilders want to talk about these things, they are really not interested in them, they think you are. It is important to talk to your homebuilder about important homebuilding issues, such as insulation, building materials, quality of construction and craftsmanship. When choosing a home builder, be sure that they understand your goals, and can produce they type of home you want. For more information on new home building tips download our 98 page free book, and read the many articles on home building on this site.