Cheap Alternatives when Building Your New Home

Written by  //  August 22, 2012  //  Home Construction  //  Comments Off on Cheap Alternatives when Building Your New Home

Moving home can be a stressful enough experience, but what about building your own? One hand It can be time consuming and expensive in equal amounts, but on the other it means you get to build the perfect home and call all the shots.

It’s always best to gather all the facts and information. Here are some great tips to help you build the home of your dreams cheaply and efficiently as possible

Do as much as you can yourself!-if you’re unsure, it’s always best to get the professionals in. If you have the knowledge and confidence however, do it yourself. Jobs like painting, putting up wallpaper, installing new flooring etc. are all jobs you can carry out yourself, or with the help of family and friends. It also means that as you are carrying out the jobs, you can afford to buy better quality materials as there is now no installation fee.

Gather all the info-building your own home is something you’ll probably only do once, so most people are complete novices when it comes to it. Gathering all the information you can, taking advice from friends and family or joining renovation/home building forums or websites will help you get as much information as you can.

Think of alternative materials-there are so many alternative materials on the market so your new building project doesn’t have to be just bricks and mortar. As society has become more eco-friendly, many natural materials are becoming more and more popular. Houses made from shipping cartons, pallets, pre-fab to name a few are becoming increasingly popular. Flat pack houses however, are having the most influence on house building concepts. These homes are easy to build, cost less than the standard ‘bricks and mortar’ home and are more energy efficient.

Managing the project-before starting the project you need to decide if you are willing/able to manage the build yourself, or do you want to bring in a professional. Professional contractors or architects can be expensive, but you will be assured that the job will be carried out professionally and efficiently. With the help of family and friends and any contacts you may have in the trade, there is nothing stopping you from carrying out the task yourself, but rest assured it can be an extremely stressful time.

Budget-this is a life changing project, so be realistic in relation to what you can actually afford. Meeting with a financial advisor as well as your architect or builder is a good idea to make sure you know exactly where you are financially, and the best ways to manage this money. Be flexible to changes along the way. Yes, everyone has an image of their ‘perfect home’ in their heads, but it isn’t always possible/feasible. Your house builder may ask you to make changes or adjustments to your building plan. Don’t be alarmed, in most cases the builder is simply trying to help you create the home you’ve dreamed and isn’t making changes for financial gain.

Be prepared for obstacles-the whole process can be time consuming and stressful. Issues such as planning permission, finding land and unreliable architects can all cause problems so don’t be disheartened if these occur. Just remember why you are carrying out this project and stay positive and focused

Bio: This article was provided by Flat Pack Houses, a UK based house building company since 1989

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