Can you build a home and travel?

A home isn’t just a place to live. A home is where anyone can show off their style. One of the best ways to do this is by building your own home. It’s easier than ever to create a custom home. People can buy an existing home, tear it down and put up a new one. They can also take an empty lot and put up the home of their dreams. While these are all great ways to get exactly what you want, it’s essential to keep in mind this can be a profoundly detailed process. From hiring a contractor or working with a home builder, the process of getting a home in place can take a lot of time and effort. For the busy homeowner who travels a lot, this process can be even more difficult. Fortunately, there are ways to complete your home even when you’re on the road every single week.

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Organisation is Crucial

One of the single most important ways to make this process flow more smoothly is by staying extremely organised. A builder can help you realise what you’re doing as it unfolds. For example, they can offer a construction estimate. This provides a sense of how long the entire process is going to take and how much it will probably cost when completed. Before getting home in place, it is imperative to do as much homework as possible. Anyone who is going to have the home they want most should find out as much as they can about the conditions that might affect their home plans. This includes factors such as labour costs, area weather conditions and the need for home construction permits.

Think about the type of home you want. Perhaps you like a simple cape next to a stream where you can enjoy retirement. You might like a larger colonial with lots of extra space for your family and all guests. Getting these decisions in place first will help you stay on top of things as the construction process gets into high gear.


Picking A Budget

Budgets are the foundation of the home construction process. Everything you do is going to cost money. It’s a good idea to have an idea of the kind of money you intend to spend on your home. You’ll want to think about the basic home plan you have in mind and then add ten percent. Having financing in place before you leave is ideal. You might have enough money to fund the entire process. However, this still means making sure the money is going where it belongs when you’re not on the site. If you are looking for a home mortgage, everything should be in place and ready to go even when you’re not there. Let the bank know of your travelling plans after you’ve secured the mortgage. That will make it easier to work with them and keep the money to construct the home in place.


Lines of Communication

As someone who is constructing a new home, you’ll be called upon to make lots of decisions related to your home. You might be asked to choose between different types of tile for your kitchen flooring because your original option is no longer available. If you’re going to be far from home, you need to make it as easy as possible for your contractor or home construction company to reach you. Come up with a list of ways that they can stay in touch. This might include direct messaging on social media as well as texting. It’s a good idea to create many ways that you can be contacted directly. Doing so will help you make decisions quickly and avoid any long term delays.


Asking For Help

Travelling can take a lot of effort. You might not always have the energy or time to deal with the home construction process after a long day of meetings. In that case, it helps to find someone in the area who can act as your personal representative. You need a pair of eyes and ears to be on hand to examine things as they unfold directly. Consider asking a close friend or a group of people you trust to speak for you. Ask them to tour the site and make sure all is going as it should during the process. Offer them a small stipend or bring a gift when you’re back home. They can give you an honest appraisal of the situation on-site.



Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!