Taking on a new build home project in Chelmsford? Determining the difference between what you need and what you want is crucial, but it’s trickier than you might think. With that in mind, here are three top tips to keep you on track…
When planning your new build home in Chelmsford, what you consider a ‘need’ your significant other may not entirely agree. It has been known for couples to come to a standoff when discussing what type of front door they should have and even what rooms are needed in the house!
This is not uncommon, in fact it’s totally normal and arguably these standoffs are essential in order to get to a place where everyone agrees. Hiring a builder in Chelmsford with experience of new builds can help settle some of the disagreements as they can advise what’s practical and possible within your budget.
However, there are other ways to reach common ground when it comes to designing your new home:
- Independently of each other, you and your significant other should each take a blank piece of paper and note down what you imagine your new home should have. This should include wants and needs, but doesn’t need to be in any particular order.
- Then, you and your spouse should list the items, ranking those of the utmost importance as your top 5 – for instance.
You may have up to 30, but it’s not important which ones you rank as #1, #2, #3, this exercise only becomes a problem if you start agonizing over whether an item you originally ranked at #25, suddenly makes it into your top 3. Don’t be indecisive, know what your ‘must-haves’ are and stick to them.
- Once you and your spouse have compiled your lists, independently of each other, the two of you can review them together to share and compare your lists. You can then create one combined list ranking your needs and wants in a joint order of importance. Use this as your master list.
Doing this will save you time, energy and money when meeting with your Chelmsford builder to discuss the costs associated with your dream new build home. After all, your needs and wants will ultimately be determined by your budget. Therefore, the two have to align.
Your builder can review your list and your budget to give you a realistic analysis of what’s possible. Equally, if there are items missing from your final list, your builder can provide a quote, which will give you a better indication of whether you need to increase your initial budget.
From our experience, making a combined ‘needs and wants’ list can be extremely effective when it comes to new build homes in Chelmsford. It can help you to get your bearings with costs, design and construction long before work starts on your new build home.