Building a Home and Its Advantages

When it comes to building a new home or buying an existing one, some people think that one is better than the other. Well, they might have had said this because building a new home might have worked for them over buying, and for other people, it is buying that worked for them. The point is, any of the two could work for anyone. In the end, it is you who will decide which one will work better for you. To help you and other people who are having this dilemma, I have listed the advantages of building a home to serve as guides before you build one and see if it is the one right for you.

Building a new home

When building a new home, you will be cooperating with the home builders that you will hire. These home builders will be the ones to bring into reality the kind of home you have in mind. You just have to explain to them the kind of home that you want, depending on the budget that you have, you can customize everything in the home. This job could take long time to be done.

Advantages of building a new home

1. Control: Of course, one great thing about building a home is that you get the control over everything. You get the control over the features that the home will have and you have the control over the options that could affect you on a daily basis once you start living in the home.

2. Advice: since you have the home builders, you don’t have to be alone when making decisions. If you want you can seek their advice on what better things to do in cases that you found yourself uncertain about some things.

3. Learning: you get to learn new things as you supervise the construction of your home. This is an advantage because the next time you will build a new home, you will feel more confident. If you buy an existing home, you may not be able to learn those new things.

4. Freedom: when building a home, as the owner you have the freedom to decide for almost everything associated with building. You are the one to choose the location, the builders who build the home, the architect, the size of the home and its style, the numbers of bedrooms, the sizes of bedrooms, and you can have your own office if you want, or have a home theater!

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How to Build a Home for Less: Starting With $1500 in 3 Simple Steps

Being broke and cheap is harder than it looks. At least, that’s my story anyway. For me, it was necessity which prompted me to learn cost-saving methods and almost-free ideas. And of course, I added to the ones my mother and her mother before her which had stood me well. So when I decided to stop paying rent and build some measure of wealth for my family, I didn’t become suddenly uncheap. Oh no, I wanted to figure out how to build a home for less so I started brainstorming and came up with diy home building. Better known as do it yourself home building. I then took these steps:

Step 1: Find and buy the cheapest, most unrestricted land in an area that meets your needs! For me this wasn’t too difficult. I found an old nearly rundown subdivision without ordinances anymore which although was very poor, it wasn’t crime ridden and voila. Large lot 100′ x 150′ just waiting to be built upon. My cost is $775. Yes, I am that good and you can be too!

Step 2: If you have the cash, buy a large portable building. If you are like me, broke and cheap, rent-to-own a decent size one. This is the first building of your new home or perhaps the first section if you choose to build onto it. Since these buildings are only shells, they are fairly cheap. Either way, this is the beginning.

A portable building has so many possibilities to build a home for less, there is no way I could list them all in this short article. I found the smallest one I could live with to begin which costs $100 down and $167 monthly. Naturally, if you rent-to-own, you will be told not to alter the building. But seriously if you truly intend to keep it and you can afford the relatively tiny cost (when compared to renting or getting a mortgage), then I for one wouldn’t let that stop me. This is going to be your home you will build for less, right?

Step 3: Insulate, put in electrical, and put in plumbing. So many books and articles exist on this subjects. Just pick one or more and follow along. Some of the best in diy home building are in Lowes and Home Depot. Some of the cheapest are online and at the library. Now since this building is so tiny compared to most homes with some scrounged parts, this part cost me less than $300.

Depending on how good you are at scrounging and how much of any type of misplaced “pride” you have when it comes to begging, your totals might be higher. But my total cost so far to begin (without the monthly “mortgage”) is only $1342. And this is only the beginning of how to build a home for less. I’ll let you know what happens next.

Jace Cowan is diy builder in many areas of life

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