Building Your Dream House on a Shoestring Budget
- Caroline S. Logan
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Back when you were a child, you might have been tasked by your teacher to draw your dream house. With your imaginative and creative skills, you were able to sketch a two-story house with a lawn, a balcony and a garage space that could cater up to three vehicles. Now that you are the right age to build it, you might be unsure if it’s still possible to achieve your dream home. Luckily, there are several ways you can afford to construct it with a minimal budget.
Prioritise your must-haves
If this will be your first home, you may be overwhelmed with excitement, but you should avoid buying things impulsively that you may not use when you move in. Have a checklist of all the essentials and necessities that are really important to you. Categorise them one-by-one and narrow them down until you reach the final list of ‘My Dream House Must-Haves’. Don’t splurge all your money; be wise in spending every penny.
Weigh up your options
To maximise your tight budget, you can also consider hiring an online estimator that can give you a quotation for the materials which you can afford, without compromising the original plan. They are already experts in the field of getting accurate and useful estimates; be it for a new home or a little renovation.
Have a back-up plan
If the worse comes to the worst; you will need to adjust a few elements while constructing your dream home. For example, instead of having four bedrooms—one for each of your kids—you can only afford two big bedrooms. Bear in mind that the material costs differ and may increase from time to time, so as early as possible, accept the fact that until the house is finished, you will face a lot of budget adjustments one way or another.
Consider your location
Your area must be accessible to most of the establishments, because if not, it may add to your expenses in the long run. The neighbourhood is always a significant factor in achieving comfort when it comes to living in your dream home. The cosiness, the people, and the environment should be assessed.
Watch DIY videos
If you happen to be both handy and crafty, it will be easy for you to create do-it-yourself projects for your home. You can construct your cabinets, fences, and other house fixtures. Also, hiring some contractors for stuff that you could do yourself, like painting the house, may add a lot of costs to your budget. Doing this may be frustrating and time-consuming, but it can also serve as a family bonding activity to attach you to your dream home. It will all be rewarding in the end.
You don’t have to tick every box on your checklist right away. Do not stress yourself if you are on a tight budget for constructing your dream home. Always be watchful of your finances and have the right mindset that you will get there.