More Steps To Buying A New Home Plan
Careful consideration needs to go into choosing you home plan before purchasing.
When shopping for the right home plan and location, budgets should be considered. As a general rule of thumb your building site should cost no more than 20% of the total cost of your home and site combined.
Make sure that you know how much you can afford to spend. Meeting with a bank or loan officer is always a good idea prior, to investigate all of your options. Banks often provide attractive loans that can initially finance the lot purchase as well as the construction cost which can then convert automatically to a permanent loan. Many times the loan does not have to be paid until construction is finished.
Meeting with local contractors and builders in your area, to get estimates on the average cost per square foot is crucial before purchasing the home plan. You should also get estimates on the cost of driveways, utility hook ups and septic tank installations or sewer connections.
Choosing a Contractor
Choosing a building contractor is the most important decision you will make. Your builder will not only be responsible for building a high quality house that will last for years, but he will also be responsible for sticking to the budget, getting the house built when you need it to move in and coordinating with other subcontractors such as plumbers and electricians.
Most home contractors are dependable and trustworthy businessmen, however there are a few guidelines that you should follow to protect yourself and your investment.
* Never choose a contractor based solely on lowest price.
* Always obtain more than one estimate.
* Call your local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file.
* Don't rely on possible legal remedies as your protection against someone you are apprehensive about to begin with. Simply don't hire that particular contractor.
* Research their background first before hiring them. If your state has a licensing board for contractors, call to find out if there are any outstanding complaints against that license holder.
* Don't be afraid to thoroughly interview the contractor candidates. Ask what kind of worker's compensation insurance they carry and get their policy number and insurance company contact information so you can verify everything. If they are not covered, you could be liable for any work-related injury incurred during the project.
* Be sure that the contractor also has an umbrella general liability policy.
* Don't hire the contractor who only suggests changes that will reduce the price—and possibly the quality—or the contractor who does the opposite and only makes suggestions that will result in expensive changes. There should be a balance
* Choose a contractor based heavily on past performance. Ask for names of clients and follow-up with phone calls and drive-bys if possible. A good contractor will be happy to provide as many referrals as you want.
* Choose a contractor based on recommendations of local business owners he deals with such as bankers, material suppliers or local officials.
* Choose a contractor who appears knowledgeable and has a helpful attitude and will have your best interest at heart.
* Finally, don't be rushed into making a decision, no matter how competitive the market may seem. And never pay a deposit to a contractor at the first meeting.
See our information on Architectural Floor Plan Styles which explains the differences between the various home plans. We also have some great ideas and suggestions for choosing the Right House Plan as well as information to help you understand how to read your new blue prints.