Knowing Your Options: Initial Steps to the Building Process

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Want to build a custom home in Sioux City?

If your answer is yes, congratulations. You’ve just answered the easiest question you’ll face in the initial building process. And it’s the first of many.

Rather than overwhelm you, though, our goal with this article is to prep your Sioux City home building experience for success. Like most things, including home construction, the best thing you can do when you get started is to start with a strong base.

Tip #1: Build Your Budget.

Now that you know you want to build, the next thing to consider is how much you want to spend. A big mistake most people make is that their budgets are unrealistic; too often would-be homebuilders put their money on the wrong priorities, often not allocating enough for construction materials or failing to factor in land and site preparation costs.

Building your budget is THE most important step you have this process, and it’s best to reach out to your contractor for help. At Brown Wegher, we walk you through each step of the process, and we do the due diligence for your project to minimize the unexpected surprises that inevitably crop up.

Whether you are a homebuilder or a business owner or an investor, it’s imperative you include your Sioux City contractor in your budgeting process. The experience the Brown Wegher team brings to the table will help guarantee your most effective, and most rewarding, use of funds.

Tip #2: Choose Your Land Wisely

Hands down, the biggest mistake people make—other than an unrealistic budget—is choosing the wrong piece of property for their project. Inexpensive ground may sound like a great way to pour more money into your house project, but it’s simply not the case. Often land is marked down due to its instability, location, and inferior soil quality; this must be factored into the whole process.

Brown Wegher is happy to do the homework on your behalf. This due diligence is important for several reasons as we are just as committed to your budget and satisfaction as you are. We’ll survey the site, identify the utility availability, test for soil integrity, and provide you with options so that you know what you are up against before we even break ground.

Now that you know why it’s important, let’s talk about how you do it.

Tip #3: Use Your Sioux City Contractor To Land the Lot.

When choosing the best site, there are three things all contractors and homebuilders must consider.

  1. The basic elements of the site: The shape of the lot, the services/utilities reaching it, and the nature of the existing soils all play a part in the home’s ultimate design and price point.
  2. Size matters. Knowing your basic square footage for your desired home will help determine the size of the lot needed, keeping in mind setbacks, views, placement, and location of utilities. All of these will come into play when designing and pricing your project.
  3. Weighing the cost. Brown Wegher will always provide expert opinions and options. We’ll tell you which sites give you the best value, which sites offer the most opportunity, and which sites may be more trouble than they are worth.

Ultimately, the choice is yours; again our goal isn’t to make these decisions for you, but to equip you with the right expectations and information so that you can make the right choice for you. The design and construction teams at Brown Wegher are uniquely positioned to ensure you have all you need to proceed to the next step in the process with confidence.

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