New Year, New Home: How to Prepare Now

Building a new home is an exciting prospect, but it requires careful planning and preparation to make it a reality. Whether you’re looking to build your dream home or simply looking to invest in property, there are several factors you need to consider and steps to take before starting the construction process. If you want to build a new home in 2024, now is the perfect time to start preparing.

Start With Your Finances

Building a new home is a significant investment, so it’s essential to start with your finances. Assessing your financial situation is an essential step to determine the reasonable size and scope of the project. Start with your credit score; make sure it’s in good shape, and work on paying off any outstanding debts. Next, calculate your monthly income, expenses, and savings to decide how much you can afford to spend on a new home. It’s also crucial to factor in any future expenses that may arise whether house related or personal, such as growing your family or planning for a future trip. Costs to consider when you purchase a new home include closing costs, property taxes, maintenance, mortgage, etc. Here are some tips and tricks to develop a budget for your new home.

Secure Financing

Unless you have all the money saved up to cover the cost of the new home, you will need to secure financing to build a new home. There are several types of loans available, including construction loans, FHA loans, and VA loans. Research and compare the interest rates, terms, and conditions of each type of loan before deciding which one is best for you. You may qualify for special incentives if this is your first time purchasing a home.

Determine Your Needs vs. Wants

Building a new home is an excellent opportunity to design your dream home. But keep in mind that every feature and detail comes with a cost. Determine what you need versus what you want in your new home. Make a list of priorities including items that you cannot compromise on and consider what areas you can cut back to save on the overall cost. It’s essential to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for before starting the construction process.

Research and Choose Your Builder

Once you have determined your budget for the new home, the next step is to find the right builder. Not all builders are the same, so you need to do your research to find a reputable and experienced one. Ask for recommendations from friends and family members who have recently built a new home. Check online reviews and ratings to get a sense of a builder’s track record and reputation in the industry. Schedule a consultation to discuss your home design, budget, and overall construction plan.

Consider the Location

Finding the right location is a vital aspect of building a new home. Consider the location’s proximity to amenities, schools, transportation, and your workplace. The location will also impact the costs involved in the construction process. Enlist the help of a real estate agent to help find the right location that fits your needs and budget.

New Year, New Home: How to Prepare Now

Design Your Home

One of the most exciting aspects of building a new home is designing it to your taste and preference. Work with your builder to come up with a home design that fits your lifestyle and needs. Consider factors such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, open floor plan, outdoor living space, and energy efficiency. Don’t forget to factor in any customizations or upgrades you may want, such as hardwood floors and granite countertops. 

With over 40 home plans, each with its own set of unique features and options, Simplicity has a home for everyone. Use these tips to make sure you select the right home plan for your family.

Secure Permits

Before construction can begin, you must secure all the necessary permits from the local government. The permits will authorize the construction process and ensure that it meets all safety and building regulations. The permits may include zoning permits, building permits, and environmental permits, among others. Your builder should be able to help you secure the permits required for your specific location.

Simplicity Homes’ Turn-key Solution service simplifies this process. We’ll completely manage, coordinate, and schedule the numerous homeowner-related tasks associated with building on your land so you can focus on other things.  

Plan for the Unexpected

Despite careful planning and preparation, unexpected expenses can occur when building a new home. Set aside a contingency fund to cover things such as permit fees, building code changes, and unexpected weather events. Having a contingency fund ensures that you can complete your new home build without scrambling for funds midway through the project.

Building a new home is exciting! The key is to adequately prepare yourself before embarking on the construction journey. Follow the steps above and you will be well-equipped to navigate the process successfully. Remember, building a new home takes time, patience, and dedication; stay committed to the process, and your dream home will soon become a reality!

Build a New Home with Simplicity Homes

We know that building a home on your land can seem overwhelming and complex, but we make it simple. Our experienced team at Simplicity is here to support you and make building your future home a positive and exciting experience. When you’re ready, contact us and we’ll get you started on the exciting journey towards your dream home!