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Building a New Home in Utah

Feb 1, 2008
If you are thinking of building a new home in Utah, you've definitely chosen the perfect state. Utah has a lot to offer including affordable land to build your new home.

Utah summers are definitely worth mentioning, making it home to some world-class golf courses. Utah's different from other states. Other than golf courses, fitness centers, and other traditional resources, in many Utah communities you'll find Equestrian centers where you can ride your horse, white water rafting, mountain bike trails, rock climbing, and a host of other activities that will keep you close to nature.

Of course, Utah winters are also worth mentioning. Here you'll find some great ski resorts, as well as all kinds of outdoor winter activities including cross country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, and a host of other activities.

Utah is ranch country and it's a state where people enjoy the outdoors. Building a home in Utah can be a breeze if you ask the right questions of your builder. In no time, at all you can be enjoying life in Utah.

Building your home has six main steps:
1. Get your loan
2. Get your land
3. Choose your exterior style and your interior design
4. Get your architect if you need one
5. Get your permits
6. Build your house

If you choose a pre-approved floor plan that your builder already has architect approval for then you won't have to hire your own architect, which can keep the cost of building your home down. However if you are thinking of something more unique you'll need to involve an architect. Blueprints are generally included with the builders quote so do confirm this.

How much legwork your builder will have done depends on the builder. Generally, builders don't step out of their comfort zone. They build the designs their familiar with, use the materials they are comfortable working with, and generally don't change much unless you insist and then don't be surprised if they sub-contract it rather than doing it themselves.

Now speaking of sub-contractors. Don't think that you have a right to play a role in choosing sub-contractors. In essence, you hired the builder to build you a house within a time frame and a budget and how he get's there is not your concern. He pays the sub-contractors, supervises their work, and takes care of things just as if you hired him to do so.

Besides paying, your part in this process is to be reasonable and realistic about what your expectations are relating to time frames. Some people can decide what they need easily and quickly, while others take a very long time to make a simple decision. If you are in category one you and your builder will get along just fine, however if you are in class two it might be a good idea to hire an interior designer to assist you because, time is money to your builder and time where nothing is occurring because you can't decide is going to cost you money.

Lucky you! Building a new home in Utah can be an exciting, fun time and before long, you'll be enjoying everything that's available in Utah.
About the Author
Terry Fitzroy is a Utah home builder and home building writer, specializing in New Utah homes.
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