So you have made a final decision. You have decided the ‘new home smell’ wins over the ‘previously owned smell’- now what?
Building a new home is exciting, hectic, fun, nerve-wracking and a lot of work! Decisions need to be made in a timely matter in order for the building process to go smoothly. Choosing what color to paint the half bath on the main floor may not seem like a big deal but it can delay trades and inevitably stall your move in date! DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN! Be prepared! Sure your mind is going to change and new ideas will perk your interest but being overall organized and ready to make decisions is the best way to make building your dream home a smooth and seamless experience!
Consider the following tips and you will be packing boxes and meeting new neighbours in no time!
- Make a collage/scrapbook/screenshot album (anything really) of ideas.
Have a vision. Whether it is from magazines or the internet, have specific ideas to work with, color swatches, pictures, etc and keep them with you when shopping and planning.
- Visit show homes in the area.
Check out show homes to get a feel for the space and the importance of the floorplan, window sizes, closet placements and more. Especially kitchens. Fridge placement is more important than you think.
- Make a list of items your family can not live without.
List non-negotiable items your family needs versus wants. Determine which are more important and work within your budget and what aspects can be added after.
- Talk to people who have built before to get their do and don’t lists.
If this is your first “new” home, you may want to talk to people in your life or the neighbourhood to find out their advice on the process. They may have new ideas, tricks and tips or have aspects they would change if they could.
- Make realistic choices that will work for the future.
Be conscious of your budget and make choices that you and your family will be happy with for years to come. Walls can be painted, flooring can even change too but the size of your living room is bit harder to tweak. Think realistic, not lipstick.
- And trust your builder.
There is a good chance your builder has done this before and it is their job to design and recommend the best options for you. Consider their knowledge and expertise – they have seen it all and generally know what works best in all spaces.
Most of all, have fun – include the whole family in the decision making and enjoy the process of making your dream home a reality!