You’ve been thinking about it for quite a while now. You are about to make things permanent with your partner, and the apartment you’re living in just doesn’t fit in with your future plans. There’s only one thing left to do.
It seems daunting at first, but you know this is the right direction, and the only direction you have to take if you want to build a lovely family of your own. However, you are yet to decide whether you want to buy a house, or go all out and build the custom house that you want.
Here are the pros and cons of building a house.
- Personalization: With an already built home, you get to move into a place that’s already up and doesn’t need a lot for you to move into. However, this house was built according to someone else’s desires, not yours. Worse still is if this house was built as part of several identical units. There’s no soul to it, just mass production at the heart of it. The design of the house will be entirely in your hands. You can add all the bells and whistles that you can think of.
- No competition: Don’t you just hate it when you find something you like, and then someone just swoops in and takes it before you can get to it? That’s exactly what happens on the open market. You will have a lot of competition for existing homes. With building your own, you will only be in competition with your patience on when you can move in.
- No Surprises: It’s not unheard of for people to buy a home and then a few weeks later have to fork out large sums to get the home repaired. With a new home, you’re guaranteed everything is in good shape, and in working order. No hidden surprises a few weeks into enjoying your new dwelling.
- Duration until it’s ready: Yes, a new build is always awesome, probably makes your heart warm much faster than a pre-built house that was built to someone else’s tastes. However, before you get to enjoy your home, you will have to wait for quite some time before it’s ready for you to move in. In most cases, this is usually in the period of around seven months to a year. This is as a result of all the hoops and requirements you will have to go through, from getting permits, to installation of systems. In some cases, some reworking is needed in different areas of the house.
- Price increases: Building a house is not an exact science. You will need to plan ahead for any changes that may occur as the house is getting built. This can be anything from an increase in the number of tiles required, or even replacement of sections of the roofing that have been found to be weak, or not up to standard. All this means extra costs will be incurred even before you move into the house.
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