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Planning To Build A House? Here’s Some Important Advice

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Building a house is a large investment and a long-term commitment. So before you get started, it’s important to plan ahead as much as possible.

There are many different things to take into account when planning to build a house, from location and size of the land to choosing your desired home design that will suit your needs. No matter what type of budget you have for building a house, there are certain aspects that can be planned in advance to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

Below are some tips which you should consider before starting your project to build a house.

Location

Before deciding on what type of home design or indeed how big the house should be, it is important to decide where exactly the new house will be located. For example, if you are looking to build a new house on a plot of land that is sloping somewhere in Portland, using the same measurements for all aspects of the design will not work.

When you consult Portland’s siding and roofing contractor, you would be advised to take into account the slope of the land and how it affects the rest of your plans. So before planning anything else, decide first on where exactly you plan to build your dream home. There are many great benefits in building your house on flat ground but additionally, there are certain advantages of building on hilly or sloping land too.

Planning Permissions

First of all, it’s always best to find out what planning permissions you need before starting any new project. Things like local restrictions and whether or not you will need planning permission can have a big impact on the final price. Many homeowners want to build their dream home in remote areas or scenic locations but without knowing what permissions are needed, they risk having to take costly steps to enable them to carry out their plans.

It’s much better to check all building regulations before you start construction so that you can avoid any unwanted surprises further down the line. That will also ensure you don’t have any planning issues ahead of time.

Land Survey

The next tip is related to location and planning permissions since it involves buying property along with land, where additional checks need to be carried out before starting your construction works.  Many property buyers assume that property boundaries are correct until they decide to sell the house at some point in the future and there has been a dispute over the boundaries.

In addition, when you want to build a house it is advisable to have the land surveyed before buying the land since this will give you a more accurate idea of where exactly your boundaries are. By knowing these details in advance, you can plan the exact measurements for your new home without any nasty surprises along the way.  So make sure that if you are planning on building on previously undeveloped land, whether it’s flat or hilly, having an accurate survey carried out first will save time and money further down the road.

House Design

Once all other planning aspects are complete, it should be much easier to decide exactly what type of house design suits your needs best. If you are planning on building a larger house, you would need to consider how far apart you plan to place each room since that will affect your plans.

Depending on where exactly your new home will be located, the surroundings can have an impact on the type of design and style of rooms that suit best in your house. For example, if you are looking to build a new house in a location with lots of space around it then it may be more practical to design a loft conversion or add an extra bedroom rather than opting for a smaller traditional bungalow layout.

Financial Considerations

Another big aspect when deciding whether to build a house is financial considerations. Two things that need to be decided in advance before starting any project are the budget and deadline. If you already know how much money is available for your construction works, then it will be easier to plan what you can afford.

High-end house designs are not always the most suitable option if you are trying to build on a budget. You may need to rethink some of your initial decisions or perhaps use cheaper materials that still look impressive. For example, using cheaper bathroom tiles instead of expensive marble can save costs but still give an important appearance to this room.

By doing everything in advance and having all plans ready before starting any new building projects, you will save time and money along the way whilst ensuring that your final product meets all your expectations. So make sure that anything related to planning permissions and land surveys has been checked out before going ahead with your construction works. These can help you avoid any unwanted delays or other problems along the way, and you can move on to building your dream house with no worries at all.

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Written by Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. She is from London and you can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.

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