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What Does Building Your Own Home Entail?

Building your own home is never an easy task. First of all it is costly and second, it will require a lot of patience and some excellent budgeting skills. This is also one reason why some people choose to purchase an existing piece of property and have it renovated to their liking. Do not just fall into making quick decisions as to whether or not building your own home or contacting someone to make the necessary arrangements in buying a pre-owned house.

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The Dream Home

The “dream home” desire is what drives most people to take on a project of this magnitude. Simply put, you will designing, planning and building your own home. Floor plan, exteriors and interiors, and even the landscaping – it’s all for you to decide on. Keep in mind safety, feasibility and the final appearance of your home when brainstorming on its details. You definitely don’t want to be building a home that would endanger the lives of anyone who lives inside.

Building and Planning

At some points in planning you might really need the advice of experts, such as an architect or engineer, to determine the feasibility of your building your own home. This is when they should not modify your design and preferences, unless structurally required. Not only is this method cheaper than hiring an architect and engineer do the designing and math, you also make sure your home’s appearance is the product of your own imagination and innovativeness.


Now that you’re done with the planning, budgeting should take place. In this part, it is necessary for you to seek the advice of an expert as you wouldn’t have a single idea on how much materials you will need and how much the dream of building your own home will cost. Always take into account for unexpected or surprise expenses, by adding a padding to your budget of approximately at 10%.

At this point, you should be receptive to the idea that you will need to hire laborers in building your own home, as obviously you and your home consultant won’t be doing the all the labor! Choose a team that is honest, reliable and will put a hundred percent of their effort in realizing your dream house. Always ask for references and follow up with them for feedback. In no time, the dream of building your own home will be a reality, full of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Noise from flights

Question: I am selling my condo. Am I legally required to disclose that my home sits under the flight path of a moderately busy airport? – Louis

A: A 1985 Florida case set the precedent when it comes to home sales and “caveat emptor” (Let the buyer beware).

Based on the outcome of Johnson v. Davis, I advise sellers to disclose everything not readily seen that can affect the value of the property. You could face a lawsuit if you fail to disclose something important to your buyer. If there is any doubt about whether to disclose, you should do so.

Most real estate agents will have a seller fill out a detailed disclosure form to give the buyer. Make sure you fill out the form completely and accurately. Material defects, such as roof leaks or sinkholes, are obvious to disclose, but some issues and reviews, such as airplane noise, can be more subjective.

It’s really a judgment call and depends on how much noise the planes make. If your windows are routinely rattled at 5 a.m. — when a typical buyer would not be likely to discover it — then definitely disclose. If the planes are flying over every 15 minutes during normal business hours when people are viewing the house, it’s not as important to disclose.

Every situation is unique, and adding another sentence to the seller’s written disclosure form is free and easy, so I recommend disclosing every possible defect to avoid problems later. Because you think the noise is enough of an issue for you to be concerned, you might want to let the buyer know.

– Info via Homes for Sale in Minnesota