Custom or bespoke home builds, not like generic house construction, are designed with your needs and style in mind. A custom home builder gives you the option of choosing the sizes and styles of room as well as the layout. You can also be involved in determining the amenities to feature in the property. A totally customized home lets you give your input on the style, floor plan, appliances, materials, and much more. Another great benefit to a custom home is that you won’t need to spend what might take years searching for the perfect home using the services of a real estate agent.If plans are in motion to embark on having a custom property built, then a first point to consider is the overall available budget. By determining the total amount of money you can spend at an early stage often means you are more likely stay in budget and not be so concerned with running out of funds at a later stage. Once the total cost for a build is set, it will be easier for the architect to design a credible concept for your new home, which is based on your requirements.When deciding on the right construction company to build your dream home, be certain to search the market for the available options and do your due diligence. Examine online testimonials next to a company’s name or try to get personal referrals from friends or colleagues on a builder which you can trust for such a large project. After compiling a shortlist of potential contractors, it would be necessary to have a one-on-one discussion with each to discuss the project in detail. It can also benefit to see sketches or photos of earlier build projects to decide whether their style of construction matches your particular requirements. Make sure that the builder holds the right qualifications, experience and insurance before agreeing to use their services. Also get an estimate for the complete build project which should be in-depth and detail each stage of the construction.Next it is important to make certain that the legal stuff is in place. You might want to make sure that the contractor is able to fully take care of the building permit or similar paperwork which relates to the construction. It will also help if you are easily able to communicate with the builder by phone or e-mail as should on-site work get delayed, a potential hold-up can often be sorted a lot quicker.A further crucial point to consider is the actual timeframe of the construction. In the initial interview process you should always ask a contractor to estimate the length of the construction period and see what guarantees they might be willing to put in place to make sure this timeline is stuck to. If you are leasing an apartment or renting storage space, then this timeframe needs to be kept at an acceptable length to make sure you are able to cover all costs and stay in budget.
Can you guess how far it is between these two points? A: The starry-eyed dream of building your own home. B: The passionate and committed decision to build the home of your dreams!Actually, only you can answer that question accurately … as it relates to you! Personally, I’ve noticed that for so many people, the distance is staggering. And the gap is often a deep chasm that results from the dread of the unknown.You see, the dream of home building, or even remodeling, is often followed by that nasty little devil of fear. So what happens? RETREAT! Yes, we retreat back to our comfort zone, put that dream away for a while and breathe a sigh of relief that we won’t have to face THAT devil again for a while!But, what happens when you dare to face your fears and make a decision? What happens when you actually take the dream and give it life by adding action and the “real time” details that bring building or remodeling your own home into focus? Details like who, what, when, where, why and how?THE PERFECT HOUSE PLANIt wasn’t long ago that I was displaying house plans and building materials at a Home Show and watched as some folks were eying the home designs on the table. They seemed intent on them and I sensed they wanted to talk to me. I asked them, “Are you planning to build a home?” Their answer was to laugh nervously.”We have our building lot and as soon as we find the right home plan, we’ll build” they answered with another laugh. Now, as this didn’t seem that funny on the surface, I knew there was something behind the laughter. As it turned out, they’d been looking for that “perfect house plan” for six long years! Needless to say, they had not made a strong decision to build.CLEAR DECISIONS BREAK DOWN BARRIERSTo make a long story short, I was able to help these folks decide upon a house plan. This didn’t happen because I knew just what would be good for them. It only happened as I helped them gain the clarity they needed through a series of questions and answers about what they really wanted and why they were stuck in neutral.Could you gain some clarity? What’s holding you back? Are you looking to break those barriers that have kept you from moving forward with your home building dream? See if you can relate to one or more of the following limiting mindsets … maybe one of them will get you closer to that empowering decision so your path can be cleared.
The home building dream is only a wish until you make it specific and measurable: What specifics are missing in your wish list?
Wanting to build but having no idea what that new home will really look like does not make for a good aiming point: When will you create that one vision that turns your fuzzy homebuilding picture into a sharp vision?
Simply thinking that you want to build a home, but having no idea what the cost of building is, means you’re happy enough with the warm, fuzzy feeling of “some day maybe:” Who will you contact to determine building costs of your area?
Looking at house plan after house plan without narrowing down the features and benefits that really work for you: Why do you choose to remain so general and what are you fearful of?
THE POWER OF DECIDING TO BUILD YOUR OWN HOMENothing happens until you make a decision! The powerful action of deciding exactly what you want is the catalyst needed to make a whole series of decisions. Dozens of decisions come together once you gain focus.So, what will you do today or tomorrow to bring you closer to a decision about what you want in a home?Will you identify the one single scariest feeling you have now and resolve to find an answer?Will you find one single decision that you can definitely make and follow through on? Progress is made by taking one step at a time.Define your home dream first. It’s empowering!
The Federal Government has announced the 2009 Stimulus Package under the guidance of President Barack Obama with a focus of affordability & stability. The package has a budget of $ 1 trillion that would be given out in the form of grants, incentives, tax credits, loans, etc. The home owners can get loans to renovate their homes and they can seek guidance to get the loan modified. Those who wish to have a home of their own can apply for the grants for the first time home owners.Here are some tips to apply & qualify for the grants to build home:. The right way to start off is to meet the HUD (US Federal Housing & Urban Development Department) counselors. They would give you the details of getting the grants considering your particular requirements.. Next, visit the local government office in your area. Remember, HUD does not give any loans to the individuals or the organizations. They pass on your loan to the local government offices who actually process the loan for you.. Surf through the Federal Government’s website and research as much as possible. Locate the grants that specifically meet your individual needs.. The first time home buyers should look for tax credits. These would depend on your income, marital status, etc.. The grants & loans for home renovation are processed through the local government office. When you approach them, make sure you have complete documents of your income & expenditure.. They also require a quotation of the expenses that are to be incurred in the required repairs. You must have the quote of some professional regarding the same.. The 2009 Stimulus Package also allows personal loans & grants. You can get these and invest that money in to purchasing or building a home.