How much will your new house cost and can you afford it?
This is often as far as many new home build projects get! You must estimate an accurate cost for constructing the house (taking account of all the costs, see: Have you allowed all the costs of your home build part 1 and Have you allowed all the costs of your new home build part 2), then calculate the cash flow of these costs (when bills have to be paid – I'll discuss this in a future article in more detail), and then balancing this against the money that’s available now, as well as the income that you will earn while the project is in progress, or which will come from the sale of assets, or from bank loans. It’s advisable to add a contingency to these costs, as well as erring on the side of caution when calculating the income you expect to earn.
There are a number of ways of obtaining a cost estimate:
If there appears to be sufficient finances to cover the cost of the project consideration can be given to proceeding further. If the project is too expensive there may be other alternatives such as:
For more valuable house building and home renovation tips and advice read: 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses - Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home' and 'Volume 2 Finding Your Ideal Property and Designing Your Dream Home'
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