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  • Finances
    • If you haven’t started saving, do so now!
    • Review your current financial situation.
    • Get a credit report.
    • Research your mortgage and finance options.
    • Meet with a financial advisor to discuss your options.
    • Reduce or eliminate outstanding debt, consider rolling your debt into your mortgage.
    • If you are a first time home owner, investigate government grants and financial aid.
    • Set a budget.
    • Get homeowner’s insurance if you don’t already have it.
  • Location
    • Determine several areas you’d like to live in.
    • Decide if you will buy an empty plot of land or one that is occupied and will need clearing.
    • Research various neighborhoods Research city council, schools, crime rates, parks and public spaces, transportation, shops, banks, leisure and cultural activities, nightlife, etc.
    • Research site locations Review newspapers, websites, real estate publications, making visits and discussing with friends and family.
    • Find a real estate agent to help you search for properties.
    • Make appointments to view land.
    • Buy the land.
  • Construction
    • Brainstorm, make plans and blueprints.
    • Be sure that you are compliant with local planning and building laws.
    • Get a planning permit.
    • Get a building permit.
    • Find a surveyor.
    • Arrange for several required inspections throughout the building process.
    • Research your service providers before signing contracts Find builders and tradesmen you can trust and are comfortable with.
    • Read all documents carefully before signing Keep all papers in a secure location.
    • Read architecture and design magazines and websites to gain inspiration.
    • Visit a home show to get ideas for style, design, floor plans, etc.
    • Make your new home energy efficient. Go green!
    • Find an architect.
    • Find a carpenter.
    • Find a plumber.
    • Find an electrician.
    • Find painters.
    • Buy appliances.
    • Create a timetable for when tasks need to be completed.
    • Find utility companies (gas, electric, water).
    • Acquire telephone, cable and/or internet services.
    • Find a landscaping company or gardener.
    • Get a security/alarm system.
    • Once construction is complete and you have a certificate of occupancy, do a final walk through with your builder for careful inspection.
  • Misc.
    • Be flexible and understanding if things dont go according to plan, but also firm in your objectives, budget and timelines.
    • Find a moving company to help you transition to your new home.
    • See our ‘Moving’ checklist for related tasks and deadlines.
    • Hire a professional cleaning company before you move in.
    • Hire an interior decorator.
    • Buy new furniture.
    • Once you are settled in your new home, have a housewarming party!
Building a House Checklist
  Nicole Nichols-West


on December 28, 2011

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