Alright, full disclosure: we’ve been talking about the longer days and milder temperatures in the lower mainland here on the blog for a couple weeks now. These are the dog days of winter whether you’re splashing through the puddles of Vancouver or trudging through the snow of the prairies.
But no matter where you are, if this is the year you’re picking up and moving to a new home, then it’s time to start considering your options.
One option people have been taking advantage of for years is building a house instead of buying. Building isn’t for everyone, particularly if you’re on a timeline that simply doesn’t allow you to spend the time and energy on blueprints and builders.
But if you’ve got the will, there’s a way.
Building in the Interior
We’ve worked with lots of people over the years who’ve transported themselves and their families from the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland to locations in the interior of British Columbia.
In case you haven’t heard, buying or building a house in the heart of Vancouver is kinda expensive. I know, breaking news, right? Plenty of people still make it work, but there are also lots of options in less expensive places throughout our great province.
Moving into interior BC or rural Alberta also gives people the chance to choose a unique location for their new home.
And once you’ve got that location picked out?
Make Your Mark
Building a home allows you to build it the way you want. You don’t have to build in the interior to accomplish this, but like we said, your dollar will go further. Whether you’re in Cranbrook or Cloverdale, building a home lets you choose the layout, colours, and any structural needs required by you and your family.
If you’ve lived in your share of homes over the years, then chances are you know what you like and what you don’t.
"A new home is less likely to have the health concerns or toxic materials of an older home – things such as asbestos, lead paint, mold, etc.” That’s Guy Burtt, principal with Riverstone Development Group in an article at Investopedia.
For Burtt, one of the chief advantages of building a new home is the awareness and care put into health factors by today’s builders. New materials and designs that take into account natural lighting and sustainable living will go a long way toward keeping your family happy and healthy. It’s an advantage that older homes simply can’t meet.
Sustainable development and green building practices are still relatively new terms in the real estate and construction industry. In years past, houses were constructed as quickly as the dollar would allow. These days there are codes and laws to follow, and it’s made for stronger, sturdier, and more natural development.
Building a new house requires patience and careful planning, but it’s something people are committing to as they finally decide to end the search for their forever home.