Along with understanding the costs of the land and other building materials, there are a few other factors to consider before building a home in the Midwest.
1 - THE COST OF LIVING IS CHEAPER.
Compared to other regions in the United States, those looking to build in the Midwest actually come out on top. Cost of living, specifically costs associated with housing and transportation, is often cheaper in midwestern states. This can be great when looking to purchase land or even building materials, such as lumber, for your dream home.
2 - SEASONS CHANGE DRAMATICALLY.
One of the biggest perks of living in the Midwest is the ability to experience all four seasons throughout the year. This can also be one of the biggest drawbacks, especially given temperatures change drastically day-to-day. To keep up with the fluctuating climate, it is important to give special consideration to features such as your home’s windows and exterior doors. Sturdy, energy efficient windows and doors will not only help to keep frigid or humid temperatures out, but they can also save you money on heating and cooling costs.
3 - INCLEMENT WEATHER CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE.
While states in this region do not experience weather phenomena such as hurricanes, earthquakes or blizzards, there is cause for concern when tornado season strikes. High-winds, hail and lightening can wreak havoc on your home – and lead to costly repairs. Avoid damage by investing in weather-proof siding options as well as a roof that can withstand whatever Mother-Nature throws your home’s way.
4 - STYLES OFTEN VARY.
Whether you prefer the craftsman style homes, the farmhouse look or want something more modern, there are so many options to choose from regarding the look and feel of your new home. Not only do you have options when it comes to your home’s exterior, but with various selections of flooring and kitchen/bathroom countertops and cabinets, you can build your home to fit your style.
5 - TIME OF YEAR AFFECTS YOUR BUILD TOO
With the changing seasons, it’s important to factor in how the time of year can affect the construction of your new home. Typically, the best time to build in the Midwest is late spring and early summer. On average, it can take about 6-12 months for the home to be completed. Along with environment factors, homeowners should also consider the availability of supplies and contractors. The summer months, while best for building, are oftentimes the busiest time of year, and delays are possible.
FISCHER LUMBER IS YOUR DESTINATION FOR ALL YOUR HOME-BUILDING NEEDS.
Moving forward with your build? At Fischer Lumber, we consider ourselves a full-service, contractor-oriented lumberyard. We carry everything from cabinets to windows, millwork and roof trusses. Additionally, our experienced staff is ready to answer your questions and help you build the home of your dreams. Call us at (618) 259-7434.