7 Steps to Survive Building a House

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Home Builder with Stanton Homes - New Home Builder

Excellent advice from a real estate agent who has helped innumerable homebuyers through the construction of their new home.    

Original content by Debbie Reynolds TN Broker: 208698

7 Steps to Survive Building a House

7 ways to survive building a houseBuilding a new home can be the worst or the best experience or anything in-between. It all depends on the preparation you take and your  expectations. I have sold many new homes and many were started from scratch after the contracts were signed. 

The building process takes time, lots of time so plan accordingly. The process has been been said to create stress on a marriage and the cause of some divorces. It doesn't have to be that way if you approach it the right way with the right mindset. It can even be a  happy experience and one that you would readily do again if the circumstances were right.

There are ways to minimize the tensions that may arise. It starts at the beginning. Don't go through the long extended process of building a home if you can be satisfied with an existing home or a home that is almost finished.

If you decide you simply have to have a certain lot or location or you have to have a floor plan that is "the perfect one" then read on. This post will give you tips to avoid strife and not end up in divorce court.

  1. Research your builder and fully understand his processes and the products he uses. Have a complete agreement with the builder and know what his warranty procedures will be. Engage a skilled real estate agent that knows new construction to represent you from the beginning. It will be worth it.

  2. Decide on the plan, your budget and time frame. Stay within your allowances and stick to the budget.

  3. Be satisfied with the products and selections provided in your price and contract. Don't tempt yourself by researching the newest and the latest and greatest. These are guaranteed to cost more and exceed allowances offered by the builder. When the budget is exceeded, stress builds. Pick your selections at the beginning and don't second guess yourself.

  4. If building with a partner or spouse, define areas where one or the other has the final say as long as it stays in budget. Respect each other and do not take out your frustration swith hold ups or delays on each other.

  5. Compromise. No house is perfect and mistakes will happen. The best laid plans sometimes go astray and you may have to deviate slightly from your original expectations to move forward and get back on track. 

  6. Check on the building process but don't micromanage the builder. If you have concerns about errors or timing discuss it with the builder not the on-site workers.

  7. Find joy in watching the house become a home. Take lots of photos to remember the process. Share the excitement of your upcoming move with friends and family. Talk about what you will do once you move into your new home. Be happy.

Moving pressures can take some of the joy out of your new home. Get plenty of help and allow yourselves plenty of time to move. When you get overly tired you get crabby and say things you don't mean. Hold you tongue and know that it will all be worth it once you are settled in.

7 Steps to Survive Building a House


If you are thinking about building a new home in Clarksville TN, I can help you with lot and builder selection and even plan selection. Contact Debbie Reynolds, Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent at 931-320-6730.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Stanton Homes great advice here from Debbie Reynolds ...and good selection for a reblog.... building a new home can be a pleasantly memorable experience if everyone understands the process.... I've sold 40 subdivisions worth of new homes and if the buyer clearly understands the stages and what's expected of THEM, the process runs smoothly....

Dec 29, 2015 07:24 PM #1
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

One tool we offer our custom home buyers that helps tremendously is our online Personal Portal.   They can make selections, see daily progress notes from their builder, see photos posted every week of their home under construction, and view a calendar of what's coming up during the next week and month.    It can be frustrating not knowing what is going on during the construction of your new home - having this to access any time alleviates a lot of stress!

Dec 29, 2015 07:29 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

What a great compliment to Debbie Reynolds that a builder chose to reblog her article. Your online personal portal sounds great! 

Dec 29, 2015 08:10 PM #3
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