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4 Tips for Building a New Home for Your Future Lifestyle

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4 Tips for Building a New Home for Your Future Lifestyle

Every one of us dreams of owning a house someday. This is a lifetime investment that stays on top of priorities, but it isn’t that easy to achieve due to the amount involved. There are even people who end up renting an apartment their whole life because they aren’t able to pursue their ultimate dream of owning a house someday. However, if you are lucky enough to fulfill this goal then here are a few tips that you need to know when building a new home for your future lifestyle.

When it comes to building a new house, you do not only think of the present time because you might as well think of the future, having kids, retiring at this house and all the things that you would expect to happen in the future will revolve around this same residence. You would not want to build a house that you will think of selling later unless you are really a real estate investor. Aside from that, you would not want to trade places anymore once you have already built your dream house.

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1. Visualize Your Project

You don’t really have to hire an architect right away just to have your dream house illustrated. Take concepts that you like around in the internet then put them all together in a collage. This way, it would be easier for you to conceptualize your dream house and refer the final image to your architect, designer, plumber, engineer or whoever it is who is in charge of building your house.

Ask the builder if you are able to change/modify things in the middle of the building process. Even if your house design is already final, it is sometimes inevitable that there is a need for changes or modifications as you see the building progress.

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Feel free to ask the builder beforehand about this so that he or she will constantly update you of the progress even when you are not around just to make sure everything fall down right under your preferences.

2. Your Budget Should Have a Little Extra

After you have calculated your initial costing for your dream house, put some little extra on that budget in case there will be new expenditures that will arise during the building process. There are times when there are things that you aren’t able to cover while calculating the total expenses of your dream project. As long as you have that little extra, then your project will still go on and the finances will not get stalled if there are unexpected expenses along the way.

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3. Never Settle for Anything Less

Since we are talking about your dream house then you should never settle for less because this is a lifetime investment. Of course, the finances would definitely become a factor towards this statement but you should also think that you have to make the most out of your budget.

You cannot dream for a mansion when you are just a regular employee, but you should not settle with a small shanty just because you cannot afford that big mansion. Being practical and smart is what I am trying to say when I say not settling for less.

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4. Understand the Terms and Conditions

Before construction even starts, you will first have to sign a contract between you and the builder. You have to read carefully and understand the terms and conditions before even signing it. You can also ask the help of your lawyer to oversee this process.

You would not want to have a steel building for a home when your initial plan was a wooden house or pay for expenditures that weren’t part of the plan. These mistakes are very common because the house owner did not carefully read the terms and conditions of the contract. Once you sign the contract, then that serves as a go signal for construction.

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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