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    Building a new house is fun and challenging, but where do you begin?

Have It Your Way

Building your own home is the best way to make sure it meets your preferences in terms of style and layout. However, it can be intimidating to build a house if you've never done it before. To make the process as headache-free as possible, here's what you should know about the basic steps to take when getting ready to build a new house.

  • Design Your Home
    Start with a Simple Sketch

    Before you can build a new home, you need to first design it. Take plenty of time to figure out how you want the interior and exterior of your home to look and flow. As part of this process, you'll need to decide if you want a more open floor plan or a closed-off kitchen and dining area. To make designing the kitchen easier, you'll find kitchen design software free for use on the internet.

  • Get Building Permits
    Know Your City's Requirements

    You'll need a building permit before you can begin construction on your new home, so make sure you know the steps needed in your city to obtaining such a permit (filling out an application, preparing a site plan, getting plan approval). You'll also want to interview building contractors during this stage who are reputable and have the expertise necessary to build the home to your specifications.

  • Oversee Every Building Stage
    You are the Decision Maker

    Contractors do what they can to make sure your home is built to your satisfaction, but it is ultimately up to you to make sure everything goes as planned. Oversee every stage of the building process so you can answer any contractors' questions and catch potential problems before they evolve into expensive modifications. Make it a rule to visit the construction site every day if possible.

The Waiting Game

Once construction is underway on your new home, much of your job involves waiting patiently for the completion date. You may also need to gently, but firmly, prod your contractors along if they fall behind schedule. While the contractors are busy building the home of your dreams, you may want to spend some time planning how you will decorate and beautify the interior of your home once it's finished.

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