Things You Should Know ~ From one Home Builders Widow to the Next
If you decide to self-contract your home, be prepared to not have a husband for six months. After taking care of a newborn and toddler all day, it was a breath of fresh air when Mark walked in the door. Not only to have help with kiddos, bed-time and clean-up but to have much needed adult conversation. I’d say not having him around for these little things was the hardest. The only thing that got me through it was realizing we’d soon be cozied by the fire together as a family in our OWN HOUSE. Here’s a few photos doing just that.
Over the past few months I’ve explained what’s involved in the home building process, but here’s a few things to get you mentally prepared:
While building your house it’s good to keep re-sale in mind. Chances are this isn’t your forever home and when it comes time to sell ~ will the buyer like the same things you do? We thought we’d sell in a few years and build all over again, but we’ve fallen in love with our home and don’t want to go anywhere anytime soon.
If you live close to your property your husband will want constant updates. Ok maybe not constant, but sometimes it will feel that way. We lived next door so Mark would want me to go outside and see what was going on. Take a video of the process. Is the electrician working right now? Have the HVAC guys finished for the day? Can you bring them something to drink? It would be nice if you baked some cookies for the guys. The building inspector is coming, can you put out the permits? etc…. Totally fine, except he always seemed to ask when it was raining, I had my jam jams on still or just sat down.
Go over and clean the house, sweep or vacuum. Your husband will love you even more. Bring workers refreshments, something cold to drink on a hot day…lunch on Saturdays. Treat them nice and they will want to do a good job for you.
Learn the Lingo
I thought I’d put together a list of construction terms, until I realized there were hundreds upon hundreds. So I decided to scratch that thought and just copy this link. Ladies ~ have a read. Your husbands will think you’re brilliant. http://www.homebuildingmanual.com/Glossary.htm
Complete before Move-In
Mark and I had so many people tell us to make sure everything was finished before we moved in. We wanted to be in before Christmas so we didn’t listen. I can definitely see why people say that, but so far it hasn’t been so bad. We still have closets to finish, doors to install, the kitchen backsplash, fireplace tile, pantry and laundry room shelving… but hey it will get done soon. We are both not ones to leave projects unfinished or procrastinate so I’m not worried. If this isn’t the case for you then yes, get it done before you move in.
Comment with questions and for those who have gone through the process ~ What’s some advice that I’ve missed?