5 Essential Tips for Starting Your Home Building Project

Hi! If you are new here, my name Jenna and I am a DIY and home content creator on social media. We sold our home 9 months ago to build our dream home on 60 acres of land.

If you’re considering building your dream home, congratulations! Embarking on this journey can be incredibly exciting, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges and decisions. To help you navigate the initial stages of your home building project, here are five essential tips that are often misunderstood but crucial for a successful start.

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Before you dive into any plans or designs, determine your budget and be realistic about what you can afford. Your budget will influence every aspect of your project, from the size of your home to the choice of materials and finishes. Consider all costs, including land acquisition, permits, construction, and potential contingencies. It’s crucial to leave room for unexpected expenses that may arise during the building process. Once you have set your budget, make a commitment to stick to it to avoid financial stress later on.

The location of your new home is more than just an address; it can significantly impact your lifestyle and property value. Research potential neighborhoods carefully, considering factors like proximity to schools, work, amenities, and community services. Evaluate the land itself—look at factors such as soil quality, drainage, and orientation for natural light. Don’t forget to check local zoning regulations and building codes to ensure your dream home can be built on the chosen site.

Selecting the right builder is arguably the most critical decision you’ll make during this process. Take the time to research local builders, review their portfolios, and check references from past clients. Choose a builder with a solid reputation, experience in the type of home you want, and who communicates effectively. Clear communication and trust are essential for a successful home build. Consider obtaining multiple quotes and comparing not just the costs but also the quality of workmanship and materials offered.

If you know what you’re doing, you can skip the home builder path but you’ll need to stay on-top of things and do your research with contractors. Being an Owner Builder or a General for your own build can save you 20-25% in commission payments to the builder which can ultimately mean more money for your build and any upgrades. I don’t recommend this route if it’s your first time building. If you do want to go this route, consider making a deal with a builder to take your build to lock-up ( windows and doors installed) and take over.

When designing your home, think beyond your current lifestyle and anticipate future needs. Whether it’s accommodating a growing family, aging in place, or incorporating sustainable features, thoughtful planning now can save you from costly renovations later. Discuss your long-term goals with your architect or designer to ensure your home is both functional and adaptable to your changing needs over time.

Navigating permits and regulations can be complex but is crucial to avoid delays and legal issues. Research what permits are required in your area for building, plumbing, electrical work, and any other relevant regulations. Your builder should guide you through this process, but it’s important to stay informed and proactive. Failure to obtain necessary permits can lead to fines or even having to dismantle completed work.

Building your own home is a significant undertaking, but with careful planning and the right guidance, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Take your time in the initial stages to set a solid foundation for your project—literally and figuratively. Remember, communication and thorough research are key to ensuring your dream home becomes a reality without unnecessary stress or setbacks. Visit my recent Reel on Instagram (here) for other things you need to be thinking about during your future build before getting started!

Good luck with your home building journey! If you have any questions or need further advice, feel free to reach out. Happy building!

jenna xoxo

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