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Is Building A House Stressful?

Is Building A House Stressful?


Have you dreamed about building your own house?

Ask my latest clients who built their home in Clayton who just went through the process and you will get a resounding YES! However it does not have to be, I have had clients who had a builder build their home and they have nothing but praise for the builder and the process. The finished home is nearly always worth the blood, sweat and tears. Communication is paramount as is actually liking the person who will be building your home. There are a couple of major factors to consider before you have a builder build you a home.

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Building A Home Requires A Realistic Budget

The first is budget, what are your wants and dreams and do they correspond with your budget. I see a lot of people meet with builders with $200,000 house budgets and $400,000 floor plans, you cannot get more house just because you’re having it built. Know ahead of time what is standard and what is an upgrade, what is included and what is not.  Physically touch and see what it is you are buying, whether it be carpet, tile, shingles. No two builders are alike some only build in certain price ranges, get plenty of references and walk through at least one of their finished homes, if they are good their clients won’t mind.


How Long Does It Take to Have A Home Built?

The second is time, it takes 30 days to get a permit and that is after the contract is signed, after the plans have been approved, so 30 days before the first shovel of dirt is moved. Here is where smart builders under promise and over deliver, it is much better to be realistic and pleasantly surprised than to spend months praying it doesn't rain. If your house is supposed to close on June 10th then don’t plan a cruise for the 12th. If there are any major work, family, school events coming up in about 4-6 months then red flag those dates and let the builder know. There are countless ways a house can be delayed, weather is only one, the process requires crews to work in order so if the framer is behind then the drywaller will be behind and the painter and so on.


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A Vision For Home Design...Not Everyone Has It.

The third is vision, are you good at seeing things that aren't there? Can you take a paint chip and imagine it on four walls in a room? Todays homes have so many exterior and interior choices it is not something to take lightly when building a house and choosing every color, brick and  tile without some help. Remember a builder will make you sign a contract that states your getting a certain color on the outside of your house and if you don’t like it, you’ll be paying to change it. Most builders today either have their own design center if they are a large company or a builder will contract with a designer to assist in those choices. By the way YOU have to choose everything...Everything! It might be a good investment to find a designer that charges by the hour that could assist you as well.


Building Your Own Home...Are You Up To the Challenge.


Building a home poses some challenges, I mean when you think about it, how many times in your life will you build a house from scratch...once? Once is what most people say after they get done with building their first house. There are many many benefits to building your own home not least of which is just that, it is your home, built for you, built around your family and if you have the right builder you will love it.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid O'Doherty • June 03 2013 04:35AM


No doubt, building your own home can be an exciting project or venture!!  Yet, not having the right contractors in place and the proper communicaiton can BE A NIGHTMARE!!  Everyone should experience this process, ONCE!

David, thanks for the insightful challenges to taking on such a project ... yes, can you handle stress??

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) over 5 years ago

What a beautiful kitchen that is!!  :)   I would LOVE to have this experience and will continue to keep it on my "bucket list".  I haven't heard a great new construction story yet but the issues seem rooted in communication and expectations which you have nicely discussed. My husband said we need to get out of NY.  Maybe our new construction tale will include a NC address.  ;-)

Posted by Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how! (Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 5 years ago

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