Creating a Kit Home Building Checklist
May 17th, 2012
Kit homes have become an extremely popular housing solution over the past few years, offering not just an affordable place to call your own, but also the opportunity for you to play a role in constructing your own home as an owner builder. Your kit home company will provide you with a detailed list of information regarding the materials you will need; the following is a guide to creating a more general kit home building checklist.
The first thing that should be on your checklist is research, because unless you have some sort of background in the trades, there is going to be a huge amount for you to learn about. You will need to know all about the process of building your kit home, as well as all of the local building regulations, so even if you are going to be more of a hands-off style of owner builder, make research number one on your checklist.
Do a course
Doing your own research is good, but for those who’d like to play a more active role in the building of their kit home, taking an owner builder course is a fantastic idea. The courses are short and inexpensive and will ensure you are ready for absolutely anything that may come up while building your home — so make sure that taking a course is an item on your checklist.
Make a budget
Your budget has to be firmly on your kit home building checklist, as it is vital that you have a detailed budget and include everything from the main costs to any extra upgrades you may want to have done along the way. You don’t want to be tempted by expensive upgrades throughout the building process, so work out what you want, budget for it and stick to your budget.
The right home
These three words will be the most important item on your checklist, so allow yourself plenty of time to find that perfect home for you. There are a huge variety of kit homes available and you can even create your own custom kit home, though there may be certain stipulations depending on the company you go with. Whatever you choose, make sure your kit home is absolutely perfect.
The right builder
To have your kit home built to look great and last, nothing is more important than having the right builder, so check out as many reviews as you can and even go and look at some of their completed work before deciding. Apart from being amazingly skilled, a good builder will also come with a good crew of tradespeople and will be able to keep them organised and on schedule without issue.
Moving into your new kit home having helped build it will be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life — not to mention the joy of finally being able to afford a home of your own. Being organised throughout the entire process will make a huge difference, and even the simplest checklists can help keep you and your kit home’s construction on track and stress free.