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12 Useful Tips for Anyone who is Building a Home

The thought of building a new home is exciting, but it should be a sobering prospect as well. The process can be nerve-racking for first-timers. Even for a small home, the project will seem like a big one, and it is easy to feel a little anxious as it moves along. These tips will help you to plan for your home’s construction, and make the process feel less stressful.

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  1. Visit the area and talk to your future neighbors. Learn as much as you can about the neighborhood, and whether there is a covenant in place.
  2. Ask your builder for references and look at their portfolio. Discuss the details of the builder’s warranty.
  3. Make sure that the site for the structure is appropriate.
  4. Try to get the best rate for your financing by shopping around. Work out the details of the budget early. Don’t worry if you can’t get everything you want right away. You can remodel at a later date.
  5. Take the time to look at the details of the estimate, and ask questions if necessary.
  6. Talk to your architect to work out the details of your floor plan.
  7. Think about a design that lets in plenty of natural light.
  8. Adopt a flexible stance, as things can change during the building process. There may be schedule changes, or unexpected occurrences may cause delays.
  9. Make a plan that leaves enough yard space for outdoor activities or a deck.
  10. Pay attention to the amount of space you will need for areas like the kitchen and bedrooms. The location of some rooms, like the laundry room is also important.
  11. If you want to keep costs down, avoid expensive materials and fixtures. Natural stone and marble are attractive, but they can add significantly to your costs. Think about storage from the beginning so you can keep the home free of clutter.
  12. Consider hiring your own structural engineer so you can be confident in the strength and stability of the building.

While you can try to work out many of the details, you will need to have trust in your contractor. You need to know that you are dealing with a builder with experience and one that can help you to get better prices on materials.

Barts Remodeling is one of Chicago’s premier design, build, and remodel companies. We offer all types of remodeling services to our clients. We also focus on new home builds, but not your average cookie cutter home in the suburbs. Our design and build process begins with you and ends with your custom dream home. Give us a call at 312-714-5454 to schedule an appointment for a consultation for your upcoming home improvement project or to discuss your upcoming new home build.

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