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3 Questions to Ask Before Building a House

What does your home currently look like?

That’s just one of the many questions we put to our clients when they’re in the process of deciding what life has in store for them next. We think it’s best to paint an accurate picture of what things look like in the present and the past so we can effectively inform the future.

Does any of this sound familiar?


Apartment Life

It’s the end of another long summer day and there’s nothing you’d like more than a cold drink on a patio. However, you’ve got a partner and a child at home you’re anxious to see as well. It’s a bit crowded, and not only do you not have a yard and a deck in which you can enjoy a cold drink, your little guy will be climbing all over you because there’s not really anywhere else to go.

The condo has been an inexpensive start to your family’s journey, but it’s probably time for something bigger.

An Old House

The weekend is here! And that means soccer with the kids, a cookout on the patio, and maybe some friends over in the evening. The problem is that not only do you have a huge lawn to mow (why were our yards so large in the 70’s and 80’s?), there’s a ton of maintenance that needs to be done to keep the old girl in tip top shape. A little paint here, a few screws there, oh and an old shower that needs to be gutted.

There goes the weekend.

1. Why Are We Building?

So let’s ask the right questions before we get started.

It sounds simple, but answering the most basic question of all can direct the entire project. Are you building because you want more space? More functionality? A bigger yard further from the hubbub of the city? The only way to find answers and to ultimately end up in your forever home is to ask the right questions, and while this is just one big question, it will lead to plenty of smaller answers that are crucial to the process.

2. How Will We Handle the Stress?

Homebuilders that claim to remove every ounce of stress from the building process either lack the experience to know how it really works or are just plain hiding the truth of the situation – building a home comes with stress.

Why? Because there’s pressure to make decisions you’re going to live with for a very long time.

And that’s ok! We encourage our clients to weigh the pros and cons of each decision. But know this: there will be compromise. As long as your big picture vision lines up with that of your partner, our advice is to not sweat the small stuff.

3. What’s Our Cost to Amenity Ratio?

It’s important to be realistic about cost. This is the biggest hurdle growing families have to cross because there are often other expenses to start thinking about, such as kids, cars, and busy careers.

Want to spend a little less? You might be able to do so by choosing a location that’s further from the city. Start with a list of your non-negotiable items to see what ballpark you’re in budget-wise. Once you’re there, you’ll know if you need to strip a thing or two out in order to meet your budget.

Building a home is probably the biggest project you’ll undertake at this point in your life. It’s exciting! But it’s also important to do it right. Take your time, ask the right questions, and before you know it you’ll be turning the key for the first time.

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