Is it your one sole goal to build a custom house and live in the suburbs with your family? Well, while the norms have inclined to renting homes being economically practical, you may as well be one of the very few who’d save up on money to build their dream house. However, what’s challenging is to build that home without ending up broke.
Here’s how to avoid running out of funds while still affording to build that dream home.
Don’t make just one budget
Now that you’re building the house, you obviously have a clear idea of the amount that you are willing to invest in the house. However, to build a custom house is not about one huge amount, it is about micro managing your money. You have to be well aware of the budget you want to allot to each aspect of your house than the overall amount. You don’t want to end up spending so much on the building that you have no funds left for the interiors, do you?
You must hence plan on a separate budget for every aspect related to building your custom house and for that you must first be aware of all the costs and expenses involved in building the house of your dreams. Allocate a budget for the site, the construction, furniture, interiors and aesthetics and be sure to still have funds at your disposal for any extra or excessive expenses which might come your way.
Consider your location
While you do not want to live on the outskirts, you also do not want to be cramped for space in the central business districts. Be considerate of the location of your site while allocating individual budgets as the cost of everything, from real estate, to material to labour depends vastly on the location. You can’t expect to be living at Times Square without having to pay a fortune. The downtown and central areas and metropolitan cities will definitely be expensive over the countryside. You must hence research on that particular area before hand to have a fair estimate of the cost involved since you don’t want to go majorly off budget because it was Los Angeles and not Duluth. However, you might have to pay more for transportation of material in some cases where your home is outside city limits.
Keep all housing and architectural brochures at a distance
While the Travel and Living magazines may seem an absolute paradise and you may think they’d provide food for thought, remember that those houses are wonders within themselves. They are almost the best, and best is not always affordable. While using them as inspiration can be fine, to try and imitate those dream houses would be dooming yourself with a lifelong debt because those houses are an expensive affair that the design world offers to lure you to spend into the housing industry. Keep your choices beautiful, but keep them realistic.
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