April 20, 2017
Building a new home can be an exciting and scary journey. Ever since you were younger, you always pictured living in a place that reflected your personality and was built how you wanted it to be. Although you may not want to live in a Barbie Dream House or inside of a spaceship anymore, the idea of creating your own space is still appealing. But as anyone who has seen a home building or renovation show can tell you, it can also be a tremendously stressful and demanding process.
If you have decided to take the journey of building a new home here in Edmonton, there are a few tips to keep tucked away when making this decision. Knowing what you want and how you want it can save you a lot of hassle down the road. Talking to people in real estate and asking a lot of questions can help with making your new construction home a dream come true.
Plan, plan, plan.
Planning is the most important part of the construction process for your home. What direction will it face on the lot? What will be the layout and flow of the rooms? What kind of lighting will you use, and how many power points will you install? Keeping track of design ideas and finding useful tools to help you prepare for your new home will help take the stress out of construction and give you an idea of what to expect for your budget. There are several useful tools for planning the design of your home. Sites like Floorplanner and RoomSketcher let you create mock floorplans. When in doubt, good old graph paper will work as well.
Prepare to Over-budget
No matter how much you think the building process is going to cost, it will cost more. The estimate your builder gives you could exclude any number of items that you need for your home. For instance, your builder is unlikely to include costs such as electrical and gas metres or window coverings. Landscaping and outdoor concreting, fences and gates, decking and letterboxes might also be left off the estimate.
These are known as finishing costs, and could run anywhere from 15-25% of your budget. You’ll also need to consider site costs, which are the costs associated with preparing your site for construction, and you may also have to pay for planning application fees. Researching the building codes and standards for building a new home will also give you an idea of what you need to budget for.
Invest in a good HVAC system
Poor planning here can lead to issues with moisture and terrible mold growth. You will want to pay attention to the size of your units to make sure they are the perfect fit for your home. Models that are too small will be underperforming and won’t cool and heat your home proficiently. HVAC systems that are too large will utilize too much energy and rack up a lot of unnecessary costs. Having professionals install your HVAC units will help save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Leave it to the Professionals
The best advice anyone can give you when building your home is to make as many preparations in advance as possible and let the professionals execute your dream. Problems tend to come up during the home building process and, if you don’t know how to approach or fix them, they can lead to unnecessary expenses and trouble down the road.
Building a new home can be a rewarding experience. While you are planning this journey, take some time to consider these points and make your home something that will stand the test of time. Remember, your home is likely to be the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so planning and doing it right the first time is the way to assured satisfaction in the end.
Always Plumbing’s experienced plumbers can act as your consultants for all of your new home plumbing installations. Don’t settle for everyday fixtures when you can get high-quality options that are available in nearly every colour, finish and design. Our new home construction plumbers have been leaders in home construction plumbing for 18 years with several top home builders.
We work with homeowners as well as construction companies and offer competitive pricing and quotes. Our technicians can also install your full mechanical systems for both HVAC and plumbing in your home. Contact us today to set up an appointment with our new home construction consultants.
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