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How To Get Your Dream Home Built

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jan 19, 2018 12:40 AM

Many people view their dream home in their mind, on their vision boards, and in magazines and imagine living in it one day. Few people imagine they can live in their dream home now, but it's entirely possible. You can build your dream home if you know a few simple tricks, and if you are able to work with your budget to figure out how to make it happen. Your dream home can be more than a dream, and all it takes is a little action on your part. Here's how to make it happen.

Know What You Can Afford

If you don't think you can afford your dream home, ask someone if you can afford to build it. It might be more affordable than you imagine, and it might be possible. You might not realize just how much it costs to build what you want, and you might not know you can afford it. Talk to a lender to see if you are preapproved for what you need. Talk to a builder to see what you can build for. Knowing what you can afford from the start is the first step toward making your dream home a reality.

Know Your Options

When you're creating your dream home, you must know what you want. Make a list of the features you need, and then make a list of the things you want. You might find it's easy to get both when you put them together. It's also helpful to know you have options when it comes to getting everything you want. You can hire a builder to complete construction of your home without hiring the same builder to create your separate office space or mother-in-law suite such as those offered by You can subcontract jobs yourself to save money where applicable.

If you want to start your dream home now, you can build the home and add things to it later to make it your dream home. A separate living quarters or office, for example, might make your dream home complete. However, you can wait until that fits into the budget to add it to your home once it's built. The same goes for a beautiful outdoor living area and a pool. If you build in stages, you might be able to get exactly what you want in a few years.

Find the Right Builder

The most important thing you can do to construct your new home is find the right builder. You won't work well with someone if you don't like them, respect them, or believe they can do the job. Ask for recommendations. Ask for help finding a builder who can meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Meet with many builders to see what they can offer, what they can construct, and even how long it will take. Find a builder with experience and the ability to handle problems capably and without a struggle if they arise.

Keep Your Expectations In Check

Your dream home will change before long. It's changed since the first time you ever thought about building and right now, and it will change again. You won't have a home you love all the time, and you'll always find things you'd like to add or wish you'd never considered. You must keep your expectations in check if you want to build the right home at the right time. One way to do that is to focus on things like your needs. You need a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms and a certain size home. You want a pool and a big outdoor living space.

Make your needs meet your wants, and find a good combination of both. It's also helpful to stick to timeless classics in terms of design. You might love the idea of a trendy home, but you also want nothing more than to love your dream home in a decade as much as you love it right now.

If the budget is tight and you aren't sure you can ever build your dream home, think again. You can do it, but you might need to wait a while to ensure you have the ability to get exactly what you want. Do it in stages, find the right contractors, and get approval from a lender. You can make your dream home your reality, but you need to do your homework first. 

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