September 14, 2017
In the popular video game, Minecraft, the player spends hours, usually, mining minerals, smelting them for use in building tools, and building a world of their own out of materials they gather from nature. Just like in pioneer days. This game has revitalized interest in architecture and construction.
However, in pioneer days, the cost of building your own home was much lower since you cut all the materials yourself and did most of the construction, as well. These days, building your own home can cost you more than an arm and a leg. Below are a few ideas that may help your budget.
Do It Yourself
How many times have you listened to the woes of friends and family members that have purchased their own homes? The slight miscalculations that left a door frame off center or the shotty job putting the flooring in are usually among the common list of issues.
Among the reasons for being upset is feeling like they paid too much and received too little in return. This is one of those moments where doing it yourself would solve so many problems at one time. Yes, it can be a lot more work, but in the end, you have exactly what you want and you paid less for it.
If you’re like most people you were not born with the knowledge or talent for carpentry, or to be an electrician. Let’s face it, most days, some of us are lucky if we don’t trip over our own feet. Hiring a contractor can be a huge help. They take care of building your dream home and all you have to do is step back and pay for it.
So, how do you save money? Building your own home is a monumental task and hiring someone to do it should have monumental consideration. Get several bids. Then, sit down and discuss with all involved the pros and cons of each bid and determine which contractor gives you the most bang for your buck.
Keep Things Under Budget
A huge task, at best, is to keep something under budget. School systems struggle to do it. The President of the United States has trouble doing it and men and women in everyday life have a difficult time keeping things within the budget, much less under budget. It all comes down to willpower.
Do you really need the most expensive black marble counter tops you can find? No. Must you put natural oak floors throughout the house? No. Sit down with your budget and see where you might be able to compromise. In most cases, you can always go back later and remodel when you are at a more fruitful financial chapter of your life.
Building your own home is an exciting adventure. It doesn’t need to be an expensive one.