Building a new home means getting exactly what you want, and how you want it. This can be an amazing experience, choosing just the right details for your family… and it can also be overwhelming.
No one wants to spend their savings building a new home only to find there are major problems and important points that were overlooked. Here are some important points to consider when building your first home:
Planning is Everything
Building a new home is a big investment— one that is meant to last. It’s important to think of the future when building your first home. Do you plan on staying here for the rest of your life or is it possible you will move on in a few years? Will your family be growing? Do you need space for entertaining? What is most important to your family? Take some time to really consider these factors before moving forward with building.
The “green” trend is huge in the new home market today, as it should be. When planning your home, take into consideration your potential to minimize your environmental impact. There are a vast number of energy-saving, water-saving appliances and building products in a wide range of prices. Check out the ENERGY STAR website to see your options of everything from energy efficient dishwashers and water saving toilets to energy saving windows and insulation. By thinking “green” when building your home, you will also save “green” in the long run. Bonus—energy efficient homes save you money with lower power and water bills. It’s a win for the earth AND for your wallet.
Make Space for Green Space
When planning your home, it’s so easy to get stuck thinking only about the building itself. Be sure to consider the outdoors; low maintenance landscaping and outdoor living spaces are an essential part of Florida living. Do you want a spacious patio, or even a swimming pool? Plan accordingly. Your new home should be comfortable and inviting both inside and out!
What’s a new, beautiful home if you don’t feel safe and secure? Take the time and effort to plan for fire escapes, exterior lighting, plentiful smoke detectors, and a security system for peace of mind. It’s vital that your home has the most up-to-date safety features before you move in.
Be Weather Ready
Southwest Florida is well known for is sunny, tropical days; however, you want to be prepared for anything nature might bring - including tropical storms and hurricanes. Although rare, these storms can bring high winds and potential flying debris which can cause catastrophic damage to your home, if you aren’t prepared. Reinforced concrete block construction, double strapped and reinforced roof construction, and impact-resistant windows are essential hurricane-proof building features you’ll want for your new home.
Details, Details, Details
It’s easy to look at the big picture; family with 3 kids? Plan on a 4+ bedroom home with bathrooms enough for all, right? Well, don’t forget about the details, which are just as important. You’ll want to think about extra closet space you may want for occasional guests, carefully planned lighting, and plentiful electrical outlets. It might seem like a tedious and overwhelming task, but you’ll be glad you did it later.
Leave it to the Professionals
Building your first home can be a rewarding experience if you are well prepared and work with a reputable building company that is detail-oriented and has friendly, helpful team members ready to answer any questions that come up along the way.
Contact us today to speak with a friendly new home consultant, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.