When deciding to build their dream home, Ottawa homeowners often use the land that developers have already claimed for the project. Their budget will be spread across the cost of the land as well as the cost of building the home and materials. However, if you already own a plot of land, or perhaps you have your eye on a plot of land in the perfect location for your family, you may want to have builders create your dream home from the ground up on an empty lot that you’ve chosen.
This is a great idea as it allows future homeowners to have even more control over their dream home and their dream property. However, if you’ve never had a home built on an empty lot, it can be intimidating. This is why the experts at Omega have created a list of features and budgetary components to consider when building a custom home on your own land.
Choosing A Suitable Piece Of Land
Primarily, you want to ensure that you invest in the right land for your home. It can be easy to just choose the prettiest property, or the largest, or the one backing onto a forest, or the one near a waterfall, however, the first one you fall in love with isn’t always the best choice.
There are several factors to consider when choosing the most suitable plot of land for your future home, including the size of the land, the proximity to a government road, the ability to add sewage and electrical lines, as well as a proper drainage system. While on the hunt for the perfect plot to build your custom home on your very own land, we recommend working closely with your chosen contractor to get a professional opinion.
Another thing to consider when choosing to build a custom home on your own plot of land is any potential demolition that may have to occur before you begin the building process. Are there several trees on your lot that need to be moved or torn down before the building process can begin? Are there any existing structures that need to come down like an old barn or even the plot’s original house?
Demolition can become costly when you need to flatten the land for building, which is why you should always keep those potential costs in mind when you’re choosing the right land for your new home.
Remember, when choosing the right plot of land to build your own custom home, the best plot is not the biggest or the flattest, but the plot that meets your location, accommodation, and budgetary needs. Try to be flexible and work with your real estate agent as well as your contractor to find the best land to provide you with what you need without breaking the bank.
For some future homeowners, it helps to have separate budgets: one for the construction of the home and the other for purchasing the plot. This allows you to compartmentalize your budget and spend what’s fair, instead of accidentally spending too much on the plot and having to scrimp and save for the construction of the home.
Necessary Permits And Licenses
With every building project comes a slew of red tape to ensure it is done correctly and legally. When choosing the perfect land to build your own custom home on, make sure you’re familiar with the zoning and construction laws of your area, or you could be heavily fined for the work you’ve accomplished. Another thing you’d want to avoid is having to tear down parts of your home to rebuild it to the city or town’s coordinance. If you don’t build your custom home correctly the first time, it could potentially cost you thousands of dollars.
To avoid this issue, many people choose to work with contractors from the very beginning, as the contractors in the area will have expert knowledge of the area’s zoning laws and will be sure to take precautions as they are legally liable for the home’s construction.
Preparing For Unforeseen Costs
When building a custom home on your own plot of land–just like any other major construction project–you should always overestimate your budget for additional and unforeseen costs. Especially if this is your first time building your custom home on your own lot, you should be prepared for the costs that you may not have even known about.
Potential unforeseen costs include driveway paving, landscaping, energy-efficient building materials, the connection of utilities to the property, unforeseen ground conditions, as well as water flow and directory.
Working With The Right Contractor
The best thing you can do for yourself when building a custom home on your own land is to work with the right contractor. This is a massive job that many future homeowners aren’t trained or prepared for, which is why having a quality, trustworthy team of designers, contractors, and builders on your side will ensure that your home-building project goes smoothly. Call Omega homes for the best experience possible resulting in your dream home being built on time and on budget.
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