For someone who’s spent their life in other people’s property, be it their parents, or an apartment building, it’s something of a grand adventure to actually own a house. For many of the University of Texas students in and around Austin, Texas there’s an assumption that they’ll soon be able to own their first home. However, as nice a place as Austin, Texas is, it’s not that easy. What this means is that when someone gets that chance to have their own first home it’s a big deal, it’s especially big for people who can deal with a home builder to have a custom built house for them. Actually owning the property you live on, and having choices about what you do with it is a tremendous move in making a house into a home.
Apartments can be nice, as can condos and many other forms of property, but sitting down and discussing options with a home builder lets you truly take mastery of your life in rather significant ways. You of course need to be mindful of your budget, you’re most likely going to be getting a mortgage, and you need to be careful about how much you take, and at what interest rate and payment plan. However, once you’ve finished the financial side, talking to a home builder, exploring your options and being able to either pick or help design the ideal house for you is a great move in getting control over your home.
When you live in an apartment you can’t do much to it. Some won’t even let you hang pictures on nails, and forbid certain types of tape to attach posters. You cannot paint the walls, and if the carpet needs replacing you have to contact the building manager and ask them about it, and quite often hound them. You can’t even stay on top of a lot of the repair work yourself as some places will forbid you. When you live in a dormitory or with parents or relatives you’re just as restrict if not more, a condo might give you some options but they usually come with a set of restrictions unlike a home.
Buying a home changes all that and you finally can start making the changes you want, fixing what needs to be fixed and really making the place your own. Sometimes when you buy a prebuilt house, especially around a growing area like Austin, Texas you get a very formulaic pre-designed floor plan and a house you might not like that much. By talking to home builders in the area and building from the ground up you can really gain that control you’ve lacked up until you became a home owner.