On the back of Monday’s post about thinking about moving house, I was eager to share this guest post, as this is something we have always dreamt of doing…
Money can slowly but surely become an issue when you are building your home, even if you think you have budgeted perfectly. While you should be prepared for things to not go your way, there are ways in which you can start off on the front foot. If you’re still in the early stages of planning and decision-making, building specialists such as Coral Homes can work with you to help you figure out a design and schedule that best suits your budget. Some of them may even have home and land packages where you can have a look at styles you may want to imitate. If you’ve gone a little further than that, read on to see how and where you can save money when you build your home.
Simplicity Is Key
Keeping it simple, as with many other things in life, is one of the easiest ways to save money. If you don’t need a flashy dining room or a state of the art kitchen, then don’t spend your money there – you can probably find better places to put it. The simpler your plans are, the easier they will be to follow. Keep the building design simple and add flair after construction with furniture and décor. You will be surprised at what the plainest of plans can produce.
Shopping around and doing the requisite research is a key component of building a house, and if you do it right, has the potential to save you a decent amount of money. This applies to quotes for contractors and builders, materials, and even loans. There are other alternatives as well, like home and land packages – you may even find that they are reasonably priced compared to what you’re looking at.
Building in the off season will allow you to save a significant amount of money on building costs. Winter and post-Christmas are slower times for the construction industry, so you will be able to get a better deal for the work you want done. Additionally, because builders won’t be as busy, they will be able to take their time, leading to a higher quality of work produced.
You will want to think about the future and upkeep of the house after you have finished building it, and how you can save money there. Cheaper materials may cost you less at the moment, but they may require regular replacement in the future. Higher-quality materials will simply mean that you will have more confidence in your house after it’s built, and you won’t have to worry about too much in terms of maintenance.
These are just some ways you can save money when you build your new home. There are many others as well, so make sure you do some more digging and see what you can find. Building a new home can be difficult and at times, extremely stressful, so do take your time to consider all of your options.
Did you build your home or do you know someone who has built their own home? What are some strategies you used to save money? Do you think they were useful or not? What would you do differently next time? Leave your thoughts down below.
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