5 TIPS BEFORE YOU CONSTRUCT YOUR HOUSE

1. Legal and Regulatory Frameworks Understand the legal and regulatory requirements you need to fulfil before you lift a finger, let alone lay the first brick: a.Building permits and necessary approvals: Obtain all the requisite permissions from local authorities, inclusive of the municipal approvals required and those from the departments of environment & forest and fire. b. Land Titles and Ownership: Verify the legal status of the land. Make sure the land title is clear of all encumbrances. Compliance with Local Building Codes: Abide by local building codes and regulations as per state and municipality. 2. Practicalities of Location  The key to the long-term value of the house and the comfort it brings lies in the right location: •Accessibility to essentials: Prioritize easier accessibility to must-haves such as schools, hospitals, markets, public transport etc. •Infrastructure and Connectivity: Smooth running facilities in terms of roads, water supply, electricity, and sewage systems .Future Development Plans: Look up what local agencies have on future development plans so you don’t get blindsided by new or upcoming projects. 3. Work Out Your Budget Manage a well-thought-out budget to minimize monetary stress: a. Land Prices: Weigh in the land prices in different areas of India. b. Costs of construction: Material cost based on the location and prevailing market conditions, but a rough estimate based on the current trend in Bangalore considering fine finish material is upwards of ₹2000 per sq.ft. of built-up area  Labour Charges; this will vary based on the skill set and location. Professional fees: Salary depends on the sector, experience, and additional talents. c. Contingency Fund: keep 10% of the budget aside for unauthorized expenses which you have generally forgotten to include in the estimated budget. 4. Employ Reputable Professionals to Work for You Working with “the right professionals” is key to a successful project: a. Architects and Engineers–Choose experienced professionals who have done houses and projects like this before and know how to design for the local building practices and Indian climate b. Contractors and Builders: Look for reputable contractors which have done similar projects in the past make a visit to their previous built houses and take a feedback from their clients this will help you to take a better decision as to whether to hire them or not. c.Legal and Financial Advisors – Consult likely benevolent property transactions and consultants is majorly recommended for agreements and funding. Climate and Materials Earthy materials – use local, natural materials that can withstand the changing environment, opines Ramesh Venkat, co-founder, Livspace is Delhi office. Climate-Friendly Design: Build houses based on the local climate of the area. Design it for maximum ventilation and insulation and remember to do rainwater harvesting. Local materials Local materials – can include locally-sourced clay bricks, creation of artisan tiles by folks who have passed on the skills from generation to generation, or the simple use of round locally-quarried stones for hardscaping. This not only reduces costs by using readily available materials but also ensures it is sustainable and aids local businesses. •Use energy-efficient systems, makemackingely to their land’s contours and thermal mass walls. sustainable construction practices: Build homes that use energy efficiently and save water; look into getting low-flow faucets and fixtures for your house so that you save on bills later down the road. These are some tips to get control in your hands and have a productive construction with a house managed the way you would need and fit for the local environment. Building your dream home in India is a roller coaster ride and without the right planning and professionals it can be a disaster, so seek people who are experts and plan it properly. That will make it a journey worth remembering for you in the years to come.

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