Has the idea of building your dream home been gnawing away at you for quite some time? Taking on a new house build is incredibly rewarding, but it’s a big commitment and not a decision to take lightly.

If you want to embark on a new home build in 2020, here are five questions to ask yourself before you begin. And once you’re ready, give Tauranga’s most award-winning building company, Shaw Builders, a ring.

What House Style Do I Want?

It’s easy to get bogged down in the smaller matters of a new house build – the size of the bedrooms, the layout of the kitchen, where the hallway cupboards will fit. While these things matter, there will be plenty of time to discuss these details with your builder. A better place to start is by looking at the bigger picture and thinking about the style you want for your new home. Think about the look and feel of the home, inside and out, before getting caught up in the details.

What Are Our New Home Priorities?

You’ll have a lot of aspirations for your new house. Good building companies will be able to incorporate a lot of what you want, but things like budget, land size and conflicting design elements can limit what you are able to do. Take some time to determine what your priorities and non-negotiables are.  

Is an en suite a must-have? Do you want an open plan living area? What sort of decking do you want? Do the bedrooms have to be on the same level? Do you want solar panels and energy-saving features? Is a good return on your investment most important? It’s important to know what you need, what you want, and what the difference is between the two.

What is Our Budget?

Your budget will determine a lot when it comes to a new home build so it’s important to come into the project with a clear understanding of what you can spend. Talk to your bank about how much you have to work with and let this number guide you when those either-or questions come up throughout the build.

Are We Ready to Build?

Building a new home is a lengthy process that involves a lot of emotion, patience and care. What else is going on in your life; are you prepared to take this on right now? If the timing is right, great news! If not, what are your options? Is a home renovation or buying an existing house sit a reasonable alternative, or does it make more sense to wait until life is more settled and then build?

What Building Company Should I Choose?

Choosing the right building company to work with on your new build is an important decision. You want someone reliable and reputable, someone who is professional and someone you can trust. You will be spending plenty of time with your builder, so make sure you see eye to eye and can communicate clearly.

To start your new build with an award-winning building company with an excellent reputation in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Bethlehem, speak to Shaw Builders – 07 575 9560.