Understanding Your Budget
There are so many decisions that go into building a custom home, from crown molding to bathroom tile, but of course, the most critical is setting your budget. Some of the best advice would be to factor in 15-20% more than initially planned. This additional padding to the budget allows for the custom home design process to remain as fluid as possible, so you can opt for upgraded fixtures or hardwood flooring without the stress of breaking the initial budget. While it isn’t always the easiest conversation, discussing your budget with an experienced builder up-front allows them to guide you throughout the process in order to use your budget to the fullest and avoid and wasteful spending.
Preparing for Unforeseen Costs
As we mentioned in the previous section, it is critical to not only set a budget, but to also set aside 15-20% of the budget for upgrades, changes, and maybe most importantly unforeseen costs. When building a custom home for utilities, plumbing, and lot prep are less complicated in organized developments, but when building on land in more rural areas, these basics can easily become more complicated and require more planning. Below are some commonly missed costs to factor in when planning your budget:
Selecting Your Land or Lot
Many times you have inherited a piece of land or you have found a piece of land with the help of a realtor. Either way, it’s important to loop your home builder into the process to help guide you and help you determine what size house you have the space for, and even discuss the possibility of adding on a future pool. All of these are important discussions to have in order to properly plan without getting too far ahead of yourself.
The Perils of Permitting
This completely depends on how and where you choose to build your home. Luckily, when you build through a contractor or home builder, they have the expertise to help move through the permitting process. Most importantly assume legal responsibility in order to make sure everything is done properly and legally. Beyond permitting, no one knows local building codes better than your local builder. They will file all the paperwork, manage and schedule inspections, and make sure everything moves smoothly. If you’re interested in building on your own land, Big Fish Construction is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our custom home building services.
I. FRESH PAINT
Nothing can enhance curb appeal, as much as a fresh coat of paint. The opposite can be said for a building plagued in peeling, faded paint - making it one of the first keys to curb appeal. Potential renters may not even be inspired to stop and inquire if the property looks faded and deteriorating. A fresh coat of paint can not only breathe new life into the look of the exterior, the color scheme can also change the "personality" of the property. From a fun, eclectic feel to an upscale luxury impression, color plays a huge role in the overall feel and design of your property.
II. NEW DOORS & HINGES
When units feature entry doors that have nicks and dents and chipped paint, this is a quick clue for renters to look elsewhere. Even if the door looks great, functionality matters too. If it is hard to open, makes a creaking noise, or has broken hinges or door knobs, it’s time to make upgrades that appeal to renters.
III. REPLACE AGING WINDOWS
New windows subtly tell renters and potential tenants about the care put into maintaining your property. Aging windows that look old and dingy, and worse are not energy-efficient provide the opposite impression. Replacing drafty, leaky windows with beautiful, energy-efficient windows saves money, creates energy efficiency, and improves the air quality inside the units, making it a worth-while investment.
IV. IMPROVE PARKING LOTS
Outside of the initial curb appeal from the road, parking lots provide a first impression to potential residents. Prospective renters and current tenants both appreciate when parking areas are well-maintained, with ample space and properly lit. A freshly paved, neatly marked parking lot could be the difference between full occupancy and vacancies.
V. INSTALL NEW SIDING
Just like paint, new siding can enhance the curb appeal of a property. Cracked siding is a signal that the property is not well-maintained. Siding on a multifamily property can either be an eyesore or an eye-catching positive representation of what it’s like to live in the neighborhood. Keeping siding in good shape adds curb appeal and protects the property from damaging weather elements.
VI. ADD OUTDOOR LIGHTING
It goes without saying the way a property is lit makes it safer and more inviting. People who are looking to make a new home feel secure and welcome when your property is well lit, especially in the evening or on days that are cloudy and overcast. Good lighting in parking lots, porches, at entrances, and along walkways are all crucial.
2. Trim Branches
If you have overhanging branches, make sure to have them trimmed before winter, no matter the size. The heavy wind, snow and ice can cause branches to fall on the roof, causing roof damage.
3. Unclog Gutters
Many of us are familiar was the grueling task of cleaning out gutters and the problems that can come from clogged gutters. But one of the main issues with clogged cutters, is the debris causing water to pool rather then run down the gutter as it should. Over time, the water can damage the roof, as well as the critical support beams. So be sure to clean out your gutters each fall and spring season.
4. Monitor Moss
Overgrown moss on rooflines can quickly grow into a big issue. Moss grows between shingles. Over time, it will bulk up and actually lift the shingles away from the roof, meaning water can get inside. Moss also retains water, causing wood rot over time. Zinc sulphate granules are recommended to be sprinkled on the roof systematically and seasonally to help avoid moss overgrowth.
Ventilation and insulation of your attic is another vital part of maintaining your roof and the energy efficiency of your home. Warm air will rise, contact the cold, inside plywood of the roof and create condensation, which inevitably leads to mold growth and rotting plywood. Make sure vents are allowing for the proper amount of air circulation. Properly ventilated and insulated roofs will also save you money on your electric bill since your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep the house cool.
6. Prevent Ice Dams
Roofs are especially susceptible to ice dams after heavy snowfall. Warm air in the attic causes the roof itself to warm up, melting the snow. Those trickly rivulets of water then refreeze when they reach colder portions of the roof creating troublesome ice damns. Next thing you know, additional meltwater gets trapped and starts to seep through the roof, staining ceilings and peeling paint. To prevent ice dams, go back and recheck your insulation and ventilation to make sure that your attic stays cool enough in the winter to keep ice dams from forming in the first place. As we move into the cooler fall and winter months, it’s really important to work to prevent ice dams.
7. Caulk the Flashings
Flashings are those strips of metal (usually aluminum, galvanized metal, or lead) that run along roof edges or joints. Flashing is necessary to divert water or to keep water out of tricky areas that shingles can’t cover, for example around chimneys and sunlights. They can rust, crack, lift, or separate depending on their installation. This means that a vital piece of roof protection is no longer functioning properly. Consider sealing the flashing with caulk at the places where it has become loose or separated.
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