Building your dream home is an exciting time. However, the custom home building process can feel overwhelming when considering the enormity of the project. A great way to stay organized is to take note of key things to remember as you put together your plan in motion. Here is a breakdown of some major steps in homebuilding.

Major Steps in Home Building

1. Figure out Your Budget

How much money you have access to for your custom home will determine what you can realistically afford. Keep in mind that there are other costs aside from the cost to build the home like development charges, septic or well costs, hydro connection, landscaping, and the cost to furnish your home. 

2. Choose a Contractor

Finding the right contractor to bring your vision to life is critical. You want an experienced contractor who knows what it takes to build a custom home. Do your research and ask people you know for recommendations.

3. Purchase a Property

You’ll need land to build your house on and you need to take enough time to select a lot that is perfect for your needs. If you already have a builder that you plan to use for your project, ask them for their professional opinion about locations you may have in mind.

4. Develop Plans and Designs

While you will need to hire an architect to do the drawings for your new house, you need to have a good idea of what you want your home to look like. Some of the basic things you should decide on are the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want, how you envision your living space and what your priorities are. 

5. Obtain Building Permits

Before any construction work can begin for your new home, you’ll need to acquire the appropriate permits. Your architect should be knowledgeable about building requirements for your municipality like height restrictions, easements, and other particulars.

6. Purchase Insurance

Should anything go wrong when building a custom home, you want to know that you are covered. Purchasing insurance should be something you do prior to any construction work beginning. Make sure that all of your contractors are insured. 

7. Begin Construction

Once all the plans have been finalized and the approvals have been obtained, you can begin construction on your custom home! Be sure to participate in the process and ask for clarification when necessary. Check on the progress regularly and be as involved as possible during the process.

8. Follow up With Inspections

At various stages of the project, the construction will need to be inspected by your municipality. Make sure that this is being done. Ask your contractor to provide the dates of the inspections and follow up to find out the outcome of each one.

9. Finalize Landscaping

Once your home is built, you can begin to pay attention to the exterior of your home and find ways to make it as appealing as possible. You want your home to offer curb appeal so get creative with some awesome landscaping!

10. Obtain Occupancy Permit and Close Building Permits

Before you can occupy your new home, you will need to make sure that you obtain an occupancy permit and a close building permit.

Follow Our Steps in Building a New Home

The Odima Construction team is here to help you build your dream home. We have in-depth knowledge of the process of building a custom home, so you can be sure you have a fully capable team on your side. Contact us to get started on your new custom home today!