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Home Building Advice Roundup: Budgeting and Beyond

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8/25/21

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Are you planning to build a home in the near future and you feel a *tinch*  overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to even start?! If you answered YES, this home-building advice roundup is for YOU!

Just so ya know … I created (and continue to grow) this online resource to help YOU! I provide tips to help you through the entire build process, from the very initial stages of prepping for your build to creating your floor plan and choosing finishes for your new home :).

Below is a roundup of my top blog posts to guide you through the home-build planning process and to help you avoid making critical mistakes that you might later regret.

HOME BUILD PREP BLOG POSTS: A ROUNDUP

HOW TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Do you think it’s impossible to build your dream home without breaking the bank? If so, you’re wrong (fortunately). I’m here to tell you that you CAN build within budget! I know this because I built my own dream home without blowing the budget. And you can too.

We hear from soooo many people that it is a *given* that you’ll go over budget when building because ‘everybody does’. The reality is that *most* people DO go over budget. But guess what … this doesn’t have to be YOUR story.

Instead of sleepless nights worrying about going over budget, how would it feel to have a solid strategy to help you build your home without breaking the bank? Pretty good, right? Learn how to do this in ‘How to Build Your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank’.

3 MISTAKES THAT LEAD TO DESIGN REGRETS

Are you preparing to build a custom home and you’re feeling a lil bit terrified that you’ll make design decisions you might later regret? Maybe you’re looking for guidance on how to avoid making the ‘wrong’ choices? Well, if you avoid these 3 common mistakes that lead to design regrets, then you will be well on your way to building a home that you absolutely LOVE!

HOW TO CHOOSE A CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

There are MANY decisions when building a new home. One of the most important decisions is choosing your builder because your relationship with your builder sets the tone for your entire building experience.

‘How to Choose a Custom Home Builder’ includes an in-depth overview of how to choose the best custom home builder for YOUR home. Also included is an explanation of what determines a GOOD builder as well as several questions you should be asking each potential builder.

3 COSTLY MISTAKES WHEN PLANNING TO BUILD A HOUSE

Most* people go significantly over budget when building because they fall into the trap of these 3 costly mistakes when planning to build a house. Just knowing these 3 mistakes (and avoiding them!) can change the entire trajectory of your home build.

Rather than getting to the end of your build and regretting major design decisions or feeling financially strapped because your mortgage is way higher than you wanted, you can get to the end of your build and feel happy with all of your design decisions …  and your wallet will thank you too since you were able to stick to (or very close to) budget!

THE TOP 9 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE BUILDING A HOME

If you’re planning to build a home, you’re probably worried about the typical things … sticking to budget, making the right decisions (without regrets), trying to pick finishes from (ridiculously) small samples, etc. All of these are very valid concerns. But guess what …

There are MANY other things you won’t even realize you need to think about until you are already in the build process or just beyond! In this blog post, I share the top 9 things I WISH I had known before building a house. Some of these are a *little* odd :).

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR HOME BUILD: TWO LOAN TYPES

This isn’t the most exciting topic BUT a construction loan is something you NEED to know about when building a house … unless you have enough disposable income sitting around to pay for your new build :).

By the end of the ‘How to Finance Your Home Build: Two Loan Types’ blog post, you will understand the basics of the two main construction loan options (construction-to-permanent loan vs. stand-alone construction loan) as well as the pros and cons of each type. 

A HOME BUILDING MUST DO!

Building a custom home is a HUGE investment in both time and money. Obviously, you want to get it right because the front of your home is everyone’s first impression … and I know you want to make a great first impression!

By definition, a custom home has never before been built so you can’t be certain of how it will look when it’s completed. Or can you?!

Find out how you CAN ‘see’ your finished future home exterior (before you even break ground) in ‘A Home Building Must Do’.

MY CUSTOM HOME (TOUR + FLOOR PLAN)

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CAROLINE ON DESIGN CUSTOM HOME FRONT ELEVATION

Interested in a floor plan created with family living in mind (and full attention to detail)? My custom floor plan is now available to purchase!

See how I designed (and decorated) my own modern coastal custom home from the ground up, inside and out, in this photo tour of my home.

WANNA DIVE DEEPER?

The blog posts listed above will help you greatly in beginning to prepare for a successful home build. However, if you’re ready to dive even deeper, here are two *FREE* resources available to you:

*FREE* On-Demand Video Training: ‘3 Simple Keys to Build Your Dream Home Within Budget … without sacrificing your must-haves, no matter how big or small your budget.’ 

*FREE* ‘Custom Home Build Prep Guide’: Download this guide and learn the 5 CRUCIAL steps to prepare for a home build with less stress, more confidence, and without going over budget.

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