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How To Budget For Your Dream Home!

Budgeting for a new home build project is a critical step in ensuring that your dream home becomes a reality without causing financial stress. From the initial planning stages to the final construction phase, careful financial consideration is key. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to budget for a new home build project.

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Assess Your Finances: Review your current financial situation, including savings, income, and any loans or financing options.

Establish a Realistic Budget: Consider how much you can comfortably afford for the entire project, including construction costs, permits, landscaping, and furnishings.

Consult Professionals: Engage with architects, builders, and contractors early in the process to get estimates for construction costs.

Factor in Contingencies - YES! Most of our clients don't realize how elaborate they truly want their home to be until we go over their original sq ft. allotment. Our advice, if you think you want to build a 2,000 sq ft, home, budget for 3,000 sq ft:

Include a contingency fund (usually around 10-15% of the total budget) to account for unexpected expenses or changes during construction.

Include Land Purchase: If you're buying land, factor in the cost of the land purchase, site preparation, and any necessary permits. Be aware of property taxes associated with your chosen location.

Permitting and Fees: Investigate the costs associated with obtaining building permits and other regulatory approvals.

Professional Services: Budget for architect fees, engineering services, and any other professional consultations.

When In Doubt - Create an Emergency Fund: Set aside a separate emergency fund for unforeseen circumstances that may arise during or after construction.

Building a new home is a significant financial undertaking, and a well-thought-out budget is crucial for a successful project. Take the time to research, consult with professionals, and be realistic about your financial capabilities. A carefully planned budget not only ensures a smoother construction process but also helps you enjoy your new home without unnecessary financial strain.


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