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Can building a home be stress-free?



Building a home is an exciting but complex process. No surprise it's often stressful but it doesn't have to be. Here are some strategies to keep everyone even-keel from the pre-planning stages to moving day!


1. Set Realistic Expectations

Understand that delays and unexpected issues are common in construction. Setting realistic timelines and being prepared for setbacks can help manage your stress levels.


2. Create a Detailed Plan

The importance of having accurate, detailed architectural drawings cannot be overstated here. Additionally, be sure to educate yourself about the phases of construction! This will alleviate a lot of uncertainty. Also beneficial: working with the team to better prioritize your role in each phase of construction -so you'll know what to expect, as well as, when/where to focus your mental energy.


3. Stay Organized

Keep all documents, contracts, permits, and correspondence organized in one place. When possible, communicate via email and use digital tools like Google Drive to share and store important information. It's tempting but avoid texting when possible. This approach will help you and your builder stay efficient and better track details over time.


4. Communicate Effectively

Regular and open communication with your builder, designer/architect, and other stakeholders is essential. Don't let morale take a dip due to confusion or minor frustrations. If you are naturally anxious scheduling periodic check-ins to discuss progress and address any concerns may help ease your mind. Clear communication goes a long way in preventing misunderstandings and keeping the overall energy positive and productive.


5. Set a Realistic Budget

Track your actual monthly expenses against the estimate to monitor how your selections impact the bottom line. It is always best to make spending adjustments early and often to help you stay on target! Set aside a contingency fund (typically 10-20% of the total budget) to cover unforeseen costs or any extra upgrade opportunities that may come up. Knowing you have a financial cushion can help you sleep better at night - especially when building a home with a cost-plus price structure.


6. Delegate and Trust the Professionals

Ideally, you should trust the professionals you’ve hired to do their jobs. They do this for a living day in and day out and can leverage their unique expertise and experience. While it's tempting, micromanaging your build can lead to on-site confusion, strained relationships, and in some instances costly mistakes.


7. Stay Flexible

Flexibility is key as the construction of a home involves many steps with multiple team members over an extended period. Being adaptable will help you handle stress more effectively and solve any issues faster and with optimum results.


8. Maintain a Positive Attitude

Focus on the end goal and the excitement of seeing your dream home come together one day at a time. Keeping an upbeat attitude and visualizing the final product can help you maintain a calm, positive mindset.

 

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