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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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4 Things to Consider When Preparing to Build Your Home

by Regina Barnett

Building your home is an exciting undertaking that gives you a chance to pick exactly how your house will appear. It is a process that involves many details you need to juggle. Planning is therefore essential to help you achieve this goal. Consider the following things as you plan to construct your dream home.

1.    The professionals to engage

When planning to build a home one of the first decisions you need to make is whether you will hire any contractors. If you are not skilled in some specialised areas like electrical work, for example, it may be prudent to consider hiring a professional. If you do not have any land to build on yet, land surveyors are among the very first professionals you must hire. They will help you gain the boundary information on the property you're eyeing for the build. If in the unfortunate event you discover there are property disputes on the land you want to build on a land surveyor will help you move towards a resolution.

2.    Will You Use Existing Plans or Order Your Own?

One reason people desire to build their home instead of buying a ready one is the flexibility in design. When thinking through what your new home will look like, consider if you will use a pre-existing design plan or if you will commission a bespoke design. A pre-designed plan is more cost friendly than a bespoke one, but it may not meet each requirement you might have.

3.    Go Green

As you plan the build consider ways you can help conserve energy to cut on long-term costs while helping preserve the environment. Plan window locations in the direction that will ensure maximum sunlight to reduce lighting and heating bills. Use energy rated windows to manage energy costs. Think long-term on sustainability matters to achieve meaningful cost savings while making significant contributions to environmental conservation.

4.    Don't Overlook Resale Considerations

As you design and plan your home keep in mind the possibility you may need to sell it at some point. Go for features that are likely to increase the value of your property. For example, solar heating and double glazed windows are features that could allow you to list at a higher price than homes in the neighbourhood without such attributes.


Meticulous planning in construction is the difference between a successful project and a failed one.  If unsure about something, do not be afraid to consult a professional land surveyor.