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Arguably the best thing about building a home from scratch is that you get to create something that’s truly yours. It’s unique in the sense that you can make it look however you want, and it’s all focused on what you love and desire.
Sometimes, it can also work out a lot cheaper than buying a home – especially when you factor in that you won’t need to pay for any improvements when you move in. Plus, there are things you can do to save as much money as possible during the whole process!
Let your DIY skills run free
I was speaking to a family friend once that told me how much it cost to build their home. I was absolutely stunned because it was about ten times less than what most houses are up for on the market. How did they manage to build it so cheaply? Well, they did a lot of the basic work themselves. They laid down bricks to form a patio, painted the house from inside to out, wired the place, and even did some of the plumbing. All they paid for was the original design services and the actual construction of the property. Everything else they did themselves and save an absolute fortune. So, you can save money by doing some jobs yourself. You don’t have to do loads, just a few things here and there to avoid hiring anyone else.
Get value for money when hiring an architect
You’ll need an architect to help design your home and ensure it’s structurally sound. The secret to saving money here isn’t finding the ‘cheapest’ option. Often, cheap architects don’t offer that great of a service and they only really draw up designs. The best architectural practices offer amazing value with a high-end service and access to extra things like discounts on contractors, etc. It makes more sense to pay a bit extra for a company that can show you your new home design in 3D crystal clear technology because it lets you see if you like it or not. Some companies cut costs here and don’t use this level of technology, so you don’t get an accurate look. Compare different offerings and find someone who offers a great value package that means you don’t have to spend more money later on down the line.
Make Use Of Your Contacts
We all know someone who knows someone – so make use of this! There’s every chance you know a person who might be an architect or contractor. Or, they could have a family member that provides these services, etc. My point is, you should ask around as it might help you get some services for much cheaper than you expected. A cheeky little family & friends discount isn’t shown on websites, but you could easily get one if you know the right people. So, make use of your contacts and ask around to see if you can get special deals to ease the burden on your finances.
Try these three ideas, and you’ll definitely save a lot of money when building your home from scratch. Now, you have a stunning new house that’s built to your desires – and it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg!