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Building a Country Home in the Winter

Posted by United Country Real Estate on November 28, 2016
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Many land owners are choosing to build their dream home on their land instead of purchasing an established home. The prime season for building is normally in the spring and summer months when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. However, building in the winter is not only possible, it has its perks.

New products and innovative technologies have made it possible and sometimes better for building a new home. Although it’s cold and snow is a possibility, it’s a lot easier to tarp off a home to keep snow out than to protect the site from a rain storm. Here are a couple other benefits:
• A stronger foundation. Building in the winter causes the concern of being able to excavate on cold land and pour a strong concrete foundation. It may take a little longer for the foundation to cure, but pouring in colder conditions can produce an even stronger foundation that if it were poured in the summer.
• Live in your home sooner. Building in the winter means that work permits will be approved faster because there aren’t many people applying for them. Fewer homes are also being built so you’ll have a larger selection of contractors available to you. Having these resources faster means you’ll be living in your new home a lot sooner.
• You save money. Those same contractors and tradesmen that are available are also looking for work in the winter. Their desire for work can translate into cost savings and discounts to ensure they have work year-round.

Overall, careful planning and a lot of preparation can make a big difference in the speed and desired outcome of your home. Make sure you are looking into zoning regulations, water sources, utility line placements and opportunities and location. Lastly, financing the construction of a country home can be tricky. If you don’t own it already, you have to purchase the land, which can get expensive. It can also cost a lot to get a traditional construction loan. You may even have to check in with the lender periodically to give a status update on your home in order to get another loan installment. All of these factors will depends on what part of the country you are in and how extravagant you want your home to be.

While it can be expensive and a long process, building your own country home reaps a lot of rewards. Country living means a slower pace, peaceful nights and more room for opportunities. Building your own home means having the space and amenities that you want. Just make sure you’re ready for the process before you get started.
United Country Real Estate has agents across the country that specialize lifestyle real estate, including: land, homes with acreage, country homes and recreational property. Contact one of our experts to get started today!


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