The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Balance Choice of House Plan, Costs

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Harare — OWNING a home is usually the epitome of personal achievement in the lives of many people as it gives them total peace of mind, for they know they have a place of their own where they would probably spend the rest of their lives.

The crowning moment towards owning a home can be a time when one has to actually build the house and witness the experience from the time the foundation is layed and the first brick and morsel of mortar are laid down.

But to derive total satisfaction from this grand achievement, yes grand achievement, because the majority of people never get to own a home their entire life, you have to make a choice of the house plan and one who builds it.

As such, you will need to make the perfect choice there is on the type of house that will soothe your heart and soul when you enter or look at it, but you have to balance the costs of building the house and what you can afford.

Property experts Raydon Properties believe you will need the assistance of seasoned project managers to balance your choice, costs and take you through key steps to ensure that the result matches your expectations.

Raydon Properties said using an established company to manage the construction of your house is a must.

Even if one is a qualified tradesperson they may be surprised at how many people are involved with taking their plan and turning it into something they can happily live in.

"There are so many different jobs that need to be carried out, and it can take a lot of extra time and stress to try and track these people down if you choose to self build.

"Another advantage to using a company is it can make it easier to stay within your budget.

"Because they are working on homes like yours all the time, they are able to give you accurate quotes, and help you work out how much changes to plans and fittings can affect your end costs," said Raydon.

The budget has to be your starting point and your end point at all times.

A lot of the time it is about finding the balance between your dream and reality.

Raydon contends if you really want a split-level house for example, you may need to cut back on overall floor space.

If you want an expensively fitted out kitchen, you may need to cut back a little on the bathroom.

"It is all about working out what parts are not negotiable, and which can be left for later down the track.

"Always ask to see the existing plans of a company when selecting one who will help with building your home."

Raydon says while a person can provide their own preferred house plans it can be worth the while to consider plans that professional project managers may already have as that may help in cutting down on costs.

"While you are most welcome to give them your own plans, using ones they have on hand can be cheaper, and can give you an idea of what sort of places they have built before.

If they have a showroom it is a good idea to go and take a look.

Some houses can feel a lot more solid than others, or have a layout that fits your tastes best, says Raydon Properties.

They also contend people may not necessarily have to crack their heads on what colours to paint their house or fittings to put as these can be easily changed.

Building a home, Raydon Properties says, is an intensely personal project that needs a whole team of other people to be involved.

You have to choose a company you feel fits and reflects what they want to do and then enjoy seeing them create the place you have always dreamed of.

Building a house, as opposed to buying an already built one enables you to decide on various aspects such as location, size, shape and cost, but it is not exactly the cheapest especially in this multi-currency regime.

Experts contend that building a new house in an environment largely dominated by the greenback was more expensive than buying fully built ones, as such, homebuilders must take this point into consideration.

In the end, it is all about your final decision as the owner of the house.

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