Things to consider when building your own house

Building a house is a huge task to take on, and at times it can be one of our biggest goals for later in our lives when we are looking to have our dream home. If you want to make sure that your home is the best it can be this year, you can decide to start from scratch and build your own, but before you do, make sure to think about these things.

The location of the land

The first thing you will want to think about when you want to build a home of your own is the location of it and how this will affect your lifestyle. Location is everything when buying a house and you will want to make sure you have access to transport links as well as make sure that you are close enough to your family to visit now and again. Take your time to find the perfect spot of land and take into account the view too.

The cost of labour

Now that you have a plot of land ready for your project, you are going to need some help to build the home. Projects of this size are always expensive and it is crucial that you do your research before you buy the land to work out whether you can really afford the costs. Be sure to look for at least five different builders to narrow down the cost and the quality of the work and be sure to get testimonials from previous customers.

City or country?

Although we have chatted about the location already, there is one step further we can go when looking at the house. This is the decision on whether to live in or near the city or out in the countryside. This all depends on personal preference and where you work, and it will also influence the type of building you are able to create. If you build near to the city you’ll end up with a generic detached house, whereas in the countryside you can create a cottage which is more open and free.

Land safety

Before you sign the contract for your new piece of land you will need to take the opportunity to get an expert to check the land. There are not only things like floodplains and sewers to look for, but there are types of soil and chemicals which are not safe to build on. For example building on acid sulphate soils is okay as long as you don’t disturb it, but if you were to dig it up to lay a foundation this could become a health risk. Be sure to get checks done in plenty of time.

Time scale

The time frame of a project will always be a big thing because depending on your current situation, you will either be carrying on living in your old home or you may have moved out to live with a family member for a while. Be sure you have a good plan in place to make sure that your work can be done in a decent schedule and you can get into your new home ASAP.