• Choose a House Plan That Suits Your Land Choose a plan that fits the characteristics
of your land. It can be very expensive to haul in dirt or grade a lot to make
it suitable for a plan. It is always better to make the house fit the land rather
than try to make the land fit the house. Also, the size and shape of your lot
affects the type of home you can build on the lot.
• Be Open-minded It's important to be open-minded when looking at houses.
By doing this, you'll learn things you have never realized. Over a period of time,
your 'ideal' home willevolve and change. If you are like most people, you will
probably buy a home that is different from what you thought you wanted. Don't
quickly discard houses. You will have a better understanding of what you want
by taking a close look at many houses.
Exteriors Are Easy to Change Some people will only look at a house if they like
its appearance. However, usually the house's exterior can easily he changed. The
changes to an exterior can be so dramatic that you won't realize you are looking
at the same house. To change the exterior, you can use different windows, modify
roof lines. and change exterior details. Don't judge a home by it's outer appearance.
It's the inside that really counts. After all, you'll spend 90% of your time in
the inside of your home.
Hidden Potential You might discard the right home because you don't see its hidden
potential. For example, say you don't like living rooms and you avoid houses that
have living rooms. However, a living room could serve another purpose as well.
It could become a den, a nursery, or an additional bedroom. It could also he an
excellent dining room. Changing the location of a doorway or adding a wall may
convert a room into something you would really love. Sometimes all you need to
do is rename a room. When. looking at houses, look for the hidden potential first.
Perfect Homes Don't Exist Some people spend years searching for the perfect home.
However, they never find it because their perfect home is actually a fantasy.
It doesn't really exist. One should always he realistic when shopping for a home.
Ask Yourself what are the Features you must have and what are the features you
want to have. When you find a house that meets your requirements, it may not have
all of your wants. However, if you hold on to your dream of a perfect home, you
might pass up the right house and regret it later.
Blueprints Can Be Changed Almost everyone who buys stock blueprints makes changes
to them. Try to find something close to what you want and make changes to suit
your needs. Common changes include doing a mirror reversal of the plan, moving
walls, changing the location of the garage door (to make the garage a side garage
or a front garage), and changing the size of the garage (such as lengthening a
2-car garage into a 3-car garage). Also you can usually add features to a home.
For example most home plans can have a fireplace added.
Square Footage May Change If you use a stock plan, you will probably make changes
to the floor plan. Changes to a plan often increase or decrease the size of the
house. Because of this, you should also look at plans that are smaller and larger
than what you think you want. After changes are made, the plan may be close to
the size you desire.