building vs buying home

Building Versus Buying a Home

When it comes to having our own home, we want one that best suits our lifestyle. After all, we spend roughly half of our time relaxing, sleeping and even working at home. We want to live in a place that’s convenient and comfortable, and a home that represents the people living in it.

Why Build Your Own Home?

Probably the best way to summarize it is that when building your own home, you’ll get exactly what you want. When building a home, you can design it the way you want while keeping current limitations in mind. You can even design it to accommodate your future needs, such as in the case of provisions for home extensions later on.

This is something that’s hard to do with already built homes, as their foundations are specifically designed to support only their current structures. Although it’s still possible to upgrade the home, like adding new floors and perhaps a deck, some projects will need a lot of work.

This is why building our own home has the advantage — we can customize it right from the very start. We can also give our home that unique design inspired by our own ideas, or the latest trend which greatly adds to our property’s value.

How to Build Your Own Home

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When building a home, the first thing we do is find land on which to build. Land value differs from place to place depending on many factors like climate, topography, and accessibility to roads and other public infrastructures. That’s why the closer we get to the city, the higher the land value is.

The next step is to find a professional to design our home. This job is best for architects as they focus more on the aesthetic side when designing, although technically engineers can do the same thing as well with a slight bias on convenience and practicality. They make sure to design your home according to the area’s building codes and standards.

When the design plans are ready, you need to look for a builder that will also work closely with us or with our designer. They’re the ones who will handle all the necessary permits for the start of the construction and provide all the materials needed as specified in the design plans. The construction process can take 6 to 8 months normally, up to a year depending on the scale of the project. Unexpected events can also happen, like bad weather or unavailability of the specified materials, causing further delays.

Throughout the construction, it’s best to work closely with the builder to make sure that your home gets the right quality of materials as planned. Doing this also helps in keeping the construction work on the schedule and their quality work in check.

When the builders are done, we’ll have to do a final check before they hand it over to us. This is usually the time to check the finishing quality and redo parts of the house that do not meet your requirements, before you move in to finally live in your dream home.

How About Buying an Existing Home?

Buying an existing home is generally way cheaper than having one built. The downside is that more often, we don’t get all the things we want. We have to live on what’s already there although of course, some renovations can be done, assuming you’re willing to spend a bit more money.

Why You Might Want To Look At Subdivisions


Subdivisions are the best places to look if you want to buy an existing home. They’re cheaper, since they’re usually mass-produced by mostly having the same design plans and are constructed by the same developer. Particularly, a newly constructed subdivision usually offers a discount on their homes to establish the population quickly.

This is a good opportunity to get your own home. Development is always proportional to the population’s demand, so this is not always available.

But a good thing with homes in subdivisions is they already include easy access to basic amenities like water and electricity. With homes in subdivisions, you would be buying a complete home package and in most cases, you can move in right away.

The downside is you might have a hard time selling your property later on, knowing there’s other similar but brand new houses modeled like yours just around the corner.

As subdivisions continue to grow, developers will add more homes and build more roads. You might find yourself in the way of, or near a planned road construction. In that case, you’ll need to consult a civil engineer because the developer is digging the area near your property. The road construction can affect your home’s foundation, or it can hit underground pipes and other underground structures if there’s no proper communication beforehand with the parties involved.

Whether it’s building a home or buying an existing one, engineers play an important role both before and after the construction. It’s not a bad idea to consult one when deciding on building or buying your own dream home.


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