Buying a single-family home - What to pay attention to?
Single-family homes offer a good relationship between price and living space and have been popular for decades. The house type is very flexible and is offered in many variants. If the dream house is planned well, the costs can also be estimated very well. We explain what to consider when planning and where to save money.
Properties of a family house Some features, such as two-story freestanding construction, are common to most single-family homes. With regard to the floor plan, architecture, interior design and other details, however, the client has a lot of freedom. A single-family home can thus be adapted not only well to the individual ideas, but also to the financial means. If enough equity is available and you pay attention to energy efficiency in construction, the house type can currently finance relatively cheap. Other houses, such as bungalows or town villas, are characterized by a special living concept and are aimed at builders with very precise ideas. The single-family home, however, is recommended for almost everyone and offers high living comfort and value stability without unnecessary extras.
Price for a family house Detached houses are built in many different price ranges. In addition to the living space, especially the construction and the equipment decide on the costs. Most single-family homes are built either as prefabricated house or massive house. Prefabricated houses consist of prefabricated building elements that only need to be assembled on the construction site. Solid houses are built traditionally, stone on stone. They have better thermal insulation, get their value better and are slightly more expensive than prefabricated houses. In the house prices should also be paid to the services included in the offer. If services have to be taken over by the client during the construction, the true costs are often higher than the mentioned price.
Additional costs during construction When calculating the total cost of the house, the cost of the property and ancillary costs must be considered. The exact costs are very much dependent on the planned house and should be estimated as accurately as possible before construction. Once all cost items have been documented, a detailed financing plan can be prepared. The additional costs consist of three points:
- Costs when buying land. When buying a piece of land, not only the purchase price, but also the condition of the building site determines the costs. Exploitation, tree removal, groundwork and other work can cause significant additional costs.
- Costs during construction. The construction work will incur additional costs consisting of insurance, permits, appraisals and other administrative costs. Building electricity and construction water are prerequisites for a smooth flow.
- Interior. During interior work, electricity, floor coverings, heating and plumbing must be paid for. Furthermore, there are costs for the garage and the garden. In-house services must also be taken over material costs.
Floor plan for a detached house Also in the choice of the floor plan and the division of the rooms, one-family houses offer the possibility of individual planning. Most builders choose a house with a simple shape to simplify the search for a property and to optimize the relationship between living space and building area. Traditionally, the bedrooms are placed in the upper part of the house, living room and kitchen are located on the ground floor. If a cellar is planned, there can be housed home automation and a laundry room. A window front in the back of the house with access to the garden provides the interior with sufficient light and allows a comfortable living in summer. Gladly several rooms are combined to form a residential unit, whereby the living space appears larger and the house looks more open.
Land for a family house In the search for the right property for a detached house decides above all the individual planning. The floor area of the house, as well as the shape of the floor plan are the most important factors in the calculation of the required plot size. In addition, the regulations on border building must be observed and the distances to the property boundaries must be observed. Furthermore, you should calculate enough space for garden, garage and access to the house. Not every type of house can be built anywhere. In the so-called development plan, the local regulations for house building are precisely regulated. The plan may contain specifications for house type, roof shape, living space and many other details and should be read carefully in the planning.
Building a family house energy-saving Single-family homes are relatively easy to build as energy-efficient homes. Other house types are often a little more efficient but also more expensive. Modern houses in the Bauhaus style usually have simple flat roofs and rectangular shapes, whereby the outer surface and thus the heat losses are minimized. However, the house type can not be built anywhere and is often designed for larger land. Sloping roofs are not ideal for energy-efficient homes, but fit in any area. In addition, the roof shape allows the installation of a photo-voltaic system. To build the single-family home as efficiently as possible, the following points should be considered:
Energy saving measures: - Insulated floor slab - Well insulated outer walls - Thermal windows - Align window to the south - Energy-saving heating methods
Heating for a family house The combination of thermal insulation and modern heating minimizes heating costs and allows support programs to be used. In order to choose the ideal heater, the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance should be compared. In addition, state-of-the-art subsidies are available for particularly efficient heating systems. A modern heating is quite expensive when buying. After a few years, however, the investment is worthwhile and you benefit in the long term from low heating costs. When planning it is important to calculate enough space for the heating. A traditional gas heating can easily be accommodated in the basement and takes up little space. For a pellet heating, however, a space for storage of the fuel is needed.