Building a new home, as exciting as it is, is also a very stressful and hectic time in your life. There is so much paperwork to handle at the bank, time frames to think about, appliances to buy, fixtures like a barn door hardware kit, subcontractor schedules, etc.
As exciting as the build may be, it will inevitably pile up and feel like a lot of work and a large disheveled mess that you just try to stay on top of. However, there are a few things that you can do so you can see the finish line easier. Below are some tips that will come in handy which will help you stay organized, stay on schedule, and get through the building process without too much of a hassle.
Write down a list between what your wants and needs are
The first step toward getting organized is to write down two lists that differentiate between what your wants and your needs are. It can be really easy to get caught up in Pinterest, inspirational magazines, and other social media platforms and lose yourself in all of the different house styles and decor. Before you know it, you have 20 sinks that you fell in love with and can’t decide between, all the windows and doors galore, and you cannot seem to say no to any of them.
The best way to get through all of the noise and confusion is to write down two lists. The first list will have five to ten items on it that you absolutely have to have while the other list has the same number of wants that you want in your home if you can afford them. Knowing the difference between a want and a need will help you stay focused on the tasks in the long run so the project gets finished on schedule and on budget.
Make a binder
When you build a home, there are going to be a lot of people working on the same thing at one time, which means that there are going to be a lot of opinions coming at you at once from a whole myriad of different professionals. Having a binder with all of your notes, pictures, inspirations, and progress will help you stay on track and organized. It will also help all of the professionals you meet with stay on the same page, even if you do not meet with them at the same time.
Keep receipts and documents in one place all together
As you start to build, there are going to be receipts and important documents flying at you from every direction from the beginning to the end of the process. There will be contracts that you have to keep a hold of, licenses, blueprints, and receipts for all of your materials. It is very important to keep all of your hard documents in a file folder in a safe place in your current home, but you can get an organizational app on your phone or computer so that you can have all of those receipts and documents with you no matter where you go. Anytime you get an important document or receipt, take a picture of them immediately and save them to the designated folder on your phone so you know exactly where to look for it if you need it.
Make email folders
While the building of your home goes on, there are going to be dozens of people emailing you constantly. You need to be able to keep all of these emails in one place so you can pull them up instantly when you need them. You can easily create custom folders so all the emails you get from designers, contractors, builders, financial advisors, etc., go to one easy to find place.
Have a home kit with you at all times
Unless you have built a house before, you just do not understand how frequently meetings can pop up any time and anywhere. There will be many times when designers or contractors call you asking you to make a decision so you need to be prepared to do that at all times. To stay ready, have a home kit with you that includes a tape measure, notebooks, pencils, and your home binder.
Building a home can feel very overwhelming and stressful since there are so many logistics and moving parts to take into account. Getting organized will keep you in control and keep the project on track.
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