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Building Your Own Home – It’s a Lot of Choices

Sarah Webb
By Sarah Webb

Building your own home and designing it to your exact tastes is a dream for many.  It’s more involved than purchasing a pre-existing home, but you are the architect of your dreams.

Purchasing a New Home

Purchasing a brand-new home has many perks.  The home is a new construction which lends itself to more efficient design and energy savings.  When you move in all the appliances are new and most likely have a warranty attached.  Depending on the build stage you may also have the opportunity to select colors, features and finishing touches.

When deciding to purchase a new home or pre-existing home make a list of items that are critical to you personally:

  • Number of bedrooms and baths
  • Open concept
  • Size of backyard

Budget is one major factor that determines your ability to purchase in certain areas.  By making a list of features that are a priority if will help you determine if a new home is right for you or if you need consider building your custom dream home.

Building Your Own Home

Many individuals dream of building their own home so they may customize each selection, number of bedrooms, number of baths, colors and even number of power outlets.  Similar to when purchasing a new home, determine which aspect of the home is more important to you and build your budget around that feature.  Having a budget is a must so spending on your dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare.  Here are some items to consider:

  • Will you purchase the land and build immediately? Does the homebuilder own property or do you select your own?
  • How will the build be financed? Do you qualify for a construction loan?
  • What is the timeframe for building? What happens if it is extended?
  • Do you have the time to invest in building a new home? Can you check on the construction site multiple times per week?  How will you communicate with your builder?

With purchasing a new home or building your own home it’s important to set a budget, have a steady line of communication with your builder and have your financing plans in place before signing the dotted line.

Continue the conversation with us at our podcast where we talk to Amy Clasen of D.R. Horton which is America’s Largest Homebuilder.

Sarah Webb
A bit about me, I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee and volunteer. I am married and have two children - one who aspires to be a secret spy ninja and the other wants be a doctor for toys like DocMcStuffins. I'm all about the Business of Life as I'm constantly trying to juggle my multiple roles. I come from a corporate finance background and during that time I started a women's group which still exists today. It was during that time that I became exposed to Plaid for Women and sought encouragement and advice through the resources. I'm so excited to be the President of Plaid for Women, and am passionate about providing a platform for women to #BeHeard. As you know, this organization is full of powerful, supportive women and I'm honored to be in this role.

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