When you first envisioned your dream home, it most likely came with a complete picture. Not just a new home, but a certain type of neighborhood in a specific type of location. And this may mean you’re relocating… quite a distance.
Building a brand new home outside of an area your familiar should be a new and exciting adventure, so to make sure it’s as seamless as possible, here are some helpful long distance home building tips:
Research the Area
Even if you chose this specific location for a reason, you may not know everything it has to offer, or simply where all the everyday essentials may be located. If you’re relocating for a new job, you may even be less familiar, so research the local area. Learn the costs of food and transportation, understand the local laws and regulations, even check the weather. Help yourself be as prepared as possible for visits leading up to your move and once you’re officially a resident.
If you’re still searching for the right home site to build your home, knowing where hospitals, entertainment, major highways, etc. are located can really help make the decision. And if you’ve chosen a specific community to build your new home, you’ll just make the adjustment period that much easier.
Picking the Right Team
Building a new home is all about trust, especially when you’re building from a distance. Take the time to really educate yourself on the best builders in the area. Read homeowner testimonials- good and bad-, check out their website, and give them a call to have your questions answered directly. Understand their process and the special ways they accommodate a long-distance homebuilding relationship. Get to know everyone who would be involved in your building process before you make any decisions.
Communication is absolutely key while building a new home, no matter where you are while it’s happening. Your best chance to speed up the process is by having a builder and project manager who keeps in touch with you regularly. It also minimizes any chance of error. Through photos, emails, videos, etc., you can visualize what’s going on and feel more comfortable throughout the process. Make sure your builder is there for you every step of the process.
Periodic Site Visits
While technology makes it easy to stay informed about your new home progress, it still can’t quite compare to an actual visit. Most home builders recommend visiting at least once a month, trying to time them around the crucial parts of the building process. These check-ins are invaluable to actually see the home, the materials, the features and everything first-hand. It’ll help eliminate any last minute surprises as move-in day approaches.
Control the Costs
With the right team working on your new home, the costs of a long-distance build shouldn’t be any different than a local build. It may even cost less depending on local rates and material costs. Determine exactly what you’re looking for from the very start and see which floor plan will best get you on the right track and help eliminate some of the on-site costs. Also make sure to investigate their features to see which come standard and which are considered upgrades. Compare them to the items on your dream home wish-list and see if/how many matches will help keep costs lower.
Prepare for the Move
Congrats! Your home is completed, and move-in day is right around the corner. Planning for the actual trip itself is an important part of your preparation. Make sure you consider these important factors:
Moving Inventory- make a detailed inventory list of exactly what is coming with you and take photos of specific valuables in case any conflicts with movers arise. Make notes of what is packed where, so knowing where to unload and how to unpack is much easier.
Your Team of Movers- Make sure you find licensed, trustworthy cross country movers. And affordable should be on that list too! Read reviews, visit websites, and get various estimates to cover all ground.
Method of Travel - Are you flying or driving? Flying is quick, safe and easy, but driving will allow you to take better care of pets and kids and pack lots of items with you. Whatever your situation and decision may be, make the proper arrangements ahead of time.
Packing- Make sure all items are immobilized to limit damage and messes. Label each box properly to keep everything organized and make use of blankets, bubble wrap and other packing materials for bigger and more fragile items.