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Financial Steps to Building a House

Published October 23, 2023

By Steven Petersen | Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer | Norfolk Branch

Building a house is an exciting endeavor that allows you to create a space that reflects your unique style and meets your specific needs. However, it’s essential to plan your finances carefully to ensure a smooth and successful construction process.

Here are some of the key financial steps to consider when building a house and how Midwest Bank is here to help you navigate this significant investment with confidence.

Establish a Realistic Budget:

Before starting any construction project, it’s crucial to establish a realistic budget. Consider your financial situation, including your savings, income, and any potential sources of financing. Research the average construction costs in your area, including permits, materials, labor, and any additional expenses such as architectural or design fees. By setting a budget, you can prioritize your expenses and make informed decisions throughout the building process.

Secure Financing:

Unless you have substantial savings to cover the entire cost of construction, securing financing is a common practice. Explore your financing options, such as mortgage loans, home construction loans, or personal loans. Meet with a lender at Midwest Bank to discuss your financial situation and determine the best loan option for your needs. We’ll review everything with you to ensure that you understand the terms, interest rates, and repayment schedules.

Consult with Professionals:

Engaging with building professionals early in the process can save you time, money, and potential headaches down the line. Consider working with an architect, builder, or construction consultant who can help you develop a comprehensive plan and offer guidance on cost-effective design choices. They can also provide accurate estimates and ensure your project complies with building codes and regulations.

Obtain Building Permits:

Obtaining the necessary building permits is an essential step in the construction process. These permits ensure that your project adheres to local building codes, safety standards, and zoning regulations. Research the specific requirements for your area and submit the required documentation. Be prepared for any associated fees and potential inspections throughout the construction process.

Choose a Builder and Solicit Bids:

Selecting a reliable and experienced builder is crucial to the success of your project. Seek recommendations, research local builders, and request bids from multiple contractors. Compare the bids carefully, looking beyond the cost to evaluate the quality of materials, construction timeline, and previous client satisfaction. Check references and visit completed projects to ensure you choose a builder that aligns with your vision and budget.

Create a Detailed Construction Contract:

Once you’ve chosen a builder, it’s essential to have a comprehensive construction contract in place. The contract should clearly outline the scope of work, materials to be used, project timeline, payment schedule, and provisions for potential changes or delays. Engage a legal professional to review the contract and ensure that your interests are protected throughout the construction process.

Monitor Costs and Stay on Track:

Throughout the construction process, it’s crucial to monitor costs closely and stay on track with your budget. Regularly communicate with your builder and keep track of any additional expenses or changes that may arise. Maintain a contingency fund to account for unforeseen circumstances, such as weather delays or unexpected repairs. Regular site visits and open communication with your builder will help you stay informed about the progress and address any concerns promptly.

Building your dream home is an exciting journey, but it requires careful financial planning and management. By establishing a realistic budget, securing appropriate financing with Midwest Bank, working with professionals, and staying vigilant throughout the construction process, you can create a beautiful and functional home without unnecessary financial stress. Our team of expert lenders is here to help you through the entire process. Remember, taking the time to plan and make informed decisions will ultimately lead to a rewarding and successful home-building experience.

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