Yesterday we talked about digging the cellar hole with the excavator, that included our recommendation to not “over-dig” more than three feet. It is necessary to over-dig some so that men can work building the foundation.
Yesterday we situated the house on the property took into account how and what it will face. Last thought…….., take your time with the process of staking out the location for the house. Once you have made your choice it is virtually impossible to change so, be careful and think!
Yesterday’s conversation ended with water, sewer, and power all on your building lot. That makes it a fully improved building lot. Today let’s finish the process so that actual construction can begin.
There are two big pieces yet to be finished: FIRST
Last week we talked about several things that will need to be done to your building lot before a house can be built. Remember we talked about septic systems and how an Engineered Design should come with each piece of property being sold.
You have come to understand the “ins and outs” of The Real Estate market, you’ve grasped the idea of Boomers’ and Millennials’ impact, then you went to the bank, and you have your heart now set on a specific piece of land in “The Perfect Town.”
At this point you realize that the family’s only conversation is about “The New House.” What do you do next?
So far we have talked about Buyers’ and Sellers’ markets, high cost of Real Estate in general and specifically land, how baby boomers and millennials are driving up costs, and then yesterday we recommended you go see the bank for a pre-qualification conversation.
One last thought about The Bank. We suggest you talk with one or two banks but, not many banks, it simply makes your process that more complicated. Choose wisely and then talk with two banks or other lending institutions.
For a couple days now, we have been talking about how difficult it is to buy and build a new home. The Supply (people looking to sell) is much smaller than The Demand (people looking to buy) So, what is the best way to move forward? As all Renters in Vermont know it is silly to continue renting! Since there is such a big demand it is very easy for Landlords to constantly raise their rent. Monthly rents are often more than a monthly mortgage payment would be for a comparable home.
The US Weather Bureau in Burlington has issued a Frost Warning for most of Northern Vermont that includes the Champlain Valley.
Now is the time to move quickly and stop Cold Air Penetration. Here are several things that you can do today/this evening and save a bunch on your energy bill. All this should and can easily be done quickly and easily:
In our recent discussions about insulation we mentioned that in vertical applications (exterior walls) we prefer to use Roxul “rock wool” insulation and in horizontal applications (the attic) we prefer sprayed in Cellulose. And on several occasions, we have walked away from sprayed in Foam.
We have been talking about Energy Efficiency, Cold Air Penetration, Heat Recovery Ventilation systems, and a host of other Energy concerns all of which are very very important!
When you consider building your new home how much direct attention is paid to complying with all of the various Building Codes? Here at Vermont Modular Homes we believe there are basically two ways to build a home: