4 Reasons to Consider Building Your Own House

4 Reasons to Consider Building Your Own House

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If you’ve outgrown your house and it’s time for a move, have you thought about building your own home? Most people don’t consider it because it’s a big task to take on and they haven’t got a clue where to start, but you shouldn’t write the idea off straight away. Buying an existing properly might be easier, but it isn’t always better. There are some great benefits to building your own home and, even though it’s a steep learning curve, it’s manageable if you hire the right contractors and do some research first. These are just some of the reasons why you should consider building your own home.

Full Customization

When you buy an existing home, you’ll spend a lot of time viewing different properties to find one that meets all of your needs. However, you’re always going to have to compromise a little bit because you’re not going to find a property that is absolutely perfect. But if you build your own property, you can make it exactly as you want it. Come up with a list of features that you want and start coming up with ideas for a new home based on those priorities and you can build your perfect house. Sometimes, if you have a lot of specific needs around the home, you might not be able to find an existing home that works for you.

Energy Efficiency

The running costs of the home are an important factor for a lot of people. When you’re trying to manage your budget, high energy bills can make it very difficult. Sometimes, your energy bills are high because you’re not very careful about how much you’re using. However, people often have high energy bills because the house itself isn’t very efficient. If the house isn’t well insulated and you’re losing a lot of heat, your energy bills are going to be a lot higher. The appliances in the home make a big difference as well because older ones are going to use a lot more electricity than modern ones. You can solve some of those problems in an existing home but it might mean doing a lot of expensive and invasive work like putting more insulation in the walls. The easiest way to save money on your energy bills is to build your own home. You can design the home with energy efficiency in mind if it’s a big concern of yours and fill it with modern appliances that don’t cost very much to run. You can also use things like solar panel roof tiles and install a small wind turbine to generate your own electricity. Depending on where you live, you might be able to generate enough to power the household and maybe even sell any surplus back to energy providers.

Build Quality

Finding a home that is well built is obviously a priority, but it’s not always that easy and the standard is slipping on modern homes. You can have a survey done on a house to make sure that there aren’t any big problems but there are no guarantees. Often, a lot of the problems associated with poor workmanship don’t show up for a few years so, on the face of it, a house looks fine. But a couple of years after moving in, you might find that you’re stuck paying for expensive repairs. The only way that you can avoid that entirely and make sure that the house is built to your standards is to build your own house and be in full control of the build process. When you’re hiring the contractors, choosing the materials, signing off on the final designs, and overseeing the build, you shouldn’t have any issues with poor build quality. However, if you buy an existing home, you don’t have any idea how well it was built.

Better Location

When you buy an existing home, you’re limited by location. If there isn’t a house there, you can’t buy one. But when you’re building your own home, you can put it wherever you like, supposing that you can buy the land, of course. This means that you’re not restricted to existing residential areas, you can choose the ideal location without having to make a compromise. That often means that you can find an area where land prices are cheap and save yourself quite a lot of money.

Building your own home is a massive task to take on and it’s going to be incredibly stressful. However, there are some huge benefits to building your own home and if you’re struggling to find the perfect house, it might be your best option.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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