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Bob's Biased Blog- Building any Home?

Updated: Apr 30


Hello, fellow home enthusiasts! Welcome back to Bob's Biased Blog. In our last post, we explored the advantages of modular homes, highlighting their efficiency, strength, and cost transparency. Today, we're shifting our focus to a broader perspective: building any home. While modular construction offers fantastic benefits, it's essential to consider various aspects when embarking on your home-building journey. Join me as we delve into the key factors to look out for, ensuring that your dream home becomes a reality without any unexpected hurdles.


In the process of building any home, one of the critical steps is purchasing the right plot of land. When it comes to rural or undeveloped areas, understanding the nuances of the well and septic systems is paramount. The Well provides your home with a water supply, drawing water from underground aquifers. While septic systems manage your home's wastewater, treating it and safely dispersing it into the soil. Both of these systems require careful planning and adherence to local regulations. Ensuring that your land is suitable for these systems is crucial for a smooth home-building process.


When considering these systems, it's important to remember that their costs can significantly impact your overall budget. Septic systems and wells are not one-size-fits-all; their complexity and cost can vary depending on the lot and its specific requirements. Failing to account for these costs upfront can result in budget overruns later on. It's crucial to work closely with professionals and factor in these expenses during the land purchasing and home design phases to avoid any financial surprises down the road.


When it comes to building your dream home, don't overlook the state requirements and county building permits. These permits are essential for ensuring that your home meets all local regulations and building codes. However, permit costs can vary widely depending on your location and the specifics of your project. If you're unsure about where you want to build, it's important to consider these permit costs during the land purchase phase. Being prepared and informed about these potential expenses can help you make more informed decisions and avoid any surprises along the way.


Completing the picture of your dream home involves more than just the structure itself. Considerations like tree clearing, stump removal, site grading, driveway/entrance construction, and electrical hookups are crucial elements that can impact your budget and timeline. Clearing trees and removing stumps create a clean canvas for your home, while proper site grading ensures proper drainage and foundation stability. Additionally, constructing a driveway or entrance enhances accessibility and curb appeal. Lastly, securing electrical hookups is essential for powering your new home. These aspects, while not as glamorous as choosing paint colors or fixtures, are fundamental to the success and comfort of your new home.


If you haven't already, take a moment to read my previous posts: Bob's Biased Building Blog - Intro and Bob's Biased Blog - All Pros, No Cons. And remember, when it comes to building your dream home, being biased towards quality and efficiency is never a bad thing.

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