You’ve got your eye on a piece of property that is just what you dreamed. It’s partially wooded, close to water and big enough for an in ground pool to be built later if you so wish. There’s enough space for an outdoor room, a garden and perhaps even a carriage house for your parents. You’ve got an idea what you want the house to look like and just where you’ll place the carriage house and garden. Now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and find financing, as well as a professional well versed in home building.
Here are five things you need to know about the subject before you begin the construction process.
1. Laws and Building Codes
Set an appointment with your local building inspector. You’ll need to know to what use the surrounding area will be in the future. You don’t want to erect your dream house in the middle of what could become at a future date, a strip mall or a factory of some type. The building inspector will know what codes and restrictions will be placed on the property. You’ll also need to ask the inspector which office to visit regarding a soil percolation test if you are dealing with a septic system setup. If the property doesn’t pass the perc test, you can’t build on it.
2. The Professional’s Reputation
You have a choice of contractors. Make sure they are certified and licensed. Get references from past buyers and call them to discover their opinion of the contractor’s ability to work with the building inspectors and codes. Trafalgar Homes, for example, has over 20 years’ experience in keeping projects on time, in budget and working well with the authorities. They construct affordable cost-effective homes to your design choice instead of putting up large expensive houses and then selling them.
3. Building Costs
Before you get funding for your new home, you will need to know to the last nail what it will cost. You already know your credit needs to be if not sterling then at least shiny in order to obtain a mortgage. Some contractors are affiliated with lending professionals and can help with financing, but they don’t finance a home themselves. Trafalgar Homes will help you with financing, obtaining a lot on which to erect a home, work with you on your credit and much more. When all is said and done, Trafalgar Homes will build your new home affordably and to the specifications in their designs. You won’t be paying for more house than you need.
4. Resale Value
Life happens and things change over time. Children grow and need more space, senior family members might stay with you, you will need to move closer to your workplace or the future of the neighbourhood could mean higher traffic, more noise and so forth. When you build your house, keep in mind things that will look good in a sale brochure. Things like energy efficient windows and doors, tankless water heaters, radiant heating and cooling and green construction materials and methods can mean the difference between a sale and staying in a home that has become inconvenient.
5. What Did You Forget?
Before the first board gets nailed into place, it would be a good idea to go over with Trafalgar Homes a few things most folks forget until they need them. This will be one of the most important purchases and getting it right the first time is imperative. For instance, things like, how many outlets can be fitted into a room, as well as outside the house and wiring to support all your current and future needs. Other necessities might include roughing in the plumbing, planning on the years when mobility will be limited, lowering the cabinets and planning on a walk-in bathtub are things to think about.
Please contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to find out more about Trafalgar Homes and to discuss your options on selecting a new home.