We had the closing of our house on Thursday, April 18 and moved in on Tuesday, April 23. We spent the rest of the week unpacking boxes and getting things set up so that we had the basics covered. Now I’m going through the mountain of boxes in our garage, trying to find a home for the things I unpack.
It may currently be a mess, but it’s ours. And nothing like that poorly built rental we were living in.
All in all, building a house was a good experience. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. So if you’re looking to build, don’t just pick the first builder you come across. Talk to several. Talk to the people they’ve built houses for. Find out what they’re like to work with from people who are in a position to know.
Then when building begins, start making decisions about things like your brick, the paint colors, the interior finishes before the builder needs them. That way you aren’t the one holding things up while they wait for you to make a decision. Plus, if things have to be ordered, getting an early start on the decision making process will allow you the time to do so without holding up the construction process.
I reviewed an excellent book about building, written by Amy Johnston, here. There are other books out there, but this one was one of the better ones I read.