Building your own home is a both thrilling and difficult project that most homeowners avoid because they think they cannot handle all the complexity of the building process. The reason why they quit or stall is the wrong construction sequencing. They imagine finding a perfect building spot, hiring a top-notch architect, then getting trustworthy builders who will turn their dreams into a reality, and all for pocket-friendly budget and on time. Usually, it is the other way around; from choosing the right builders to pinpointing the right lot. In the end, building your custom home requires time, expertise, and a great deal of effort. With the right help on your side, you are already in the right direction to building your ideal home in Montreal.
Here are 7 tips to help you build your dream home:
1. Hire the right builder
Choosing the right contractor is crucial right because it is easy to underestimate the amount of work and effort you will need to invest in the process. The right construction company does everything to stay ahead of its competitors, is a leading player in the construction industry, and works to exceed the expectations of their clients. After all, it is your money on the table, so spending time to find the right one equals investing in your future. Whenever possible, go through the testimonials on the website or forums to get first-hand impressions. Be sure the company hires licensed contractors, and that they are familiar with the area.
1. Hire the right builder
Some would consider it an extravaganza and unnecessary cost, but getting help from an interior designer would do so much more for your custom home than just choosing the wall colors or a piece of proper furniture. Some of the services you could be provided are spatial planning, adding a special design style, lighting selection, flooring design, and cost and material quality comparison. The cost of working with an interior designer is around 15-20% of the total construction project but in the end, a quality one will save your money on the material cost because they are familiar with good sales, alternative materials, and future trends in the industry.
3. Have a good plan of what you want
Creating a home is much more than adding a number of rooms and walls to a construction site. You have to have a sense of the end result, and will you be truly happy and satisfied living within those finished walls. When you have a plan, you minimize the chance of being disappointed and going outside of the financial budget. It is all about setting goals, establishing a budget, assembling a winning team, and planning your project into details. A good plan also has a plan B (and other letters of the alphabet, just in case) because ‘’what is’’ scenarios are likely to happen, and you should not settle until you have gone through all possibilities.
4. Communicate well with the professionals
Top-level professional builders, constructors, and designers are proud of their work and want you to enjoy the process as much as them. Like any other relationship, it is important to keep it open, healthy, and honest. Have in mind that you will be working closely together over a couple of months, and strong working relations are fundamental to keep the positive, hard-working, and harmonious atmosphere on the construction site. A vast majority of professionals encourage their clients to give constructive criticism and feedback because, in the end, they all want their clients to be satisfied and to spread a good word.
5. Don't be cheap
There are lots of construction tips on how you can save money when building a custom home but take them with caution. While it is always a nice thing to save hundreds of dollars on choosing the cheaper but better-quality material, the formula cannot be applied to every aspect of the construction process. After all, we are talking about the place you will live in so safety, security, and overall well-being should be the most important variables when considering the budget. Building a custom home in Montreal can cost anything between $95 to $195 per square foot without additional expenses like construction loans, building permits, etc. The prices are especially strong now as Montreal real estate industry is considered to be the ‘sexiest’ at the moment and the housing market is expected to hit records in 2020.
6. Budget more than you expect
There is a popular rule in the economy, so-called 50/20/30 budget rule, that states you should spend 50% of your income on needs, 30% on wants, and 20% on savings. Applied to the construction, it means you should budget your plan between 10 and 30% more than the original contract. You can be a true expert in finance and budgeting but the unexpected expenses always happen. It is a wise move to plan ahead, try to stick with the original plan but have an additional pile of money just in case. Moreover, you can save more money along the way with the help of the professionals, and you will reduce the chance of ending up with exceeded costs.
7. Buy low-maintenance materials
Do not be fooled! Low-maintenance materials do not imply a low-quality home rather than choosing the materials and products that stand out when it comes to durability, stability, and maintenance. Home should be both beautiful and functional, and not being a slave in your own home is a dream come true for many homeowners. That includes metal roofing as one of the toughest roofing materials made or long-lasting fiber-cement. Both have warranties that range between 40 and 50 years. Laminate flooring is also popular in the last years as it resists scratches and stains. Did you know that more than 80% of interior designers advise quartz countertops because it is not only durable but also impossible to stain? Moreover, they like to combine it with fiberglass as it provides good thermal quality, and it is much cheaper than wood. In order to save money on your energy bills, choose ENERGY STAR certified windows.
A custom home building that stands a difference!
General Contractor Montreal builds your custom home in Montreal using a unique and exceptional approach to the construction process. When it is time to build, we put our expertise, skills, years of experience, and the best from the industry on the table to exceed your expectations. When you decide on the custom-built home, contact us at (514)-900 5517 for a free initial consultation, and we will summon other professionals to build your project from scratch.