BUILDING A HOUSE TOGETHER AS A COUPLE



BUILDING TOGETHER CIVILY: BUILDING A HOUSE TOGETHER AS A COUPLE

Building a house together as a couple can put a lot of strain on your relationship. Couples need to make sure they understand what is required of them – physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. With a lot of pressure on finances, intimacy levels could plummet, creating a distance at a time when communication and understanding are key.



DID YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE FIND BUILDING YOUR HOUSE TOGETHER SMOOTH OR ROUGH?

Many couples dread building a house together for fear of fighting over designs and money...and the smallest of details. Did you build a house together? Was it smooth? Was it hard? Share your experiences, and let's see your masterpiece in pictures if you desire!

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BUILDING A HOUSE TOGETHER AS A COUPLE: THINGS TO DO AND THINGS TO AVOID

Here is a list of do’s and don’ts for couples who are building a house together. We want to make sure you actually do live together in that house afterwards:

The Do’s and Don’ts of building a house as a couple: 1. Have a deep-routed respect and understanding for each other. Understand how your partner deals with pressure and be supportive. Respect and appreciate what they bring to the project. 2. Be considerate of the other’s opinions; wishes and dream – how much do you actually need that particular item? What does it mean to you and what does it mean to your partner? Some things can go – especially if the other one cannot live with them or if they will make the other party unhappy. 3. Use a financial vehicle that suits your lifestyle and your budget. For instance, if there are lifestyle indulgences that you never want to put a hold on or compromise on (like holidays, beauty treatments, designer items), then by all means, do save a lot of money before you build cash. Building requires a lot of sacrifice – it is not business as usual – unless of course you are very rich. 4. Pay off short term debt even before you start building and save like a squirrel! 5. Remember that every square metre you put on your plan should be a square metre you need, are going to use and enjoy. Avoid too much room that will only add to the cost and cannot be used optimally at the end. At the same time, make sure you don’t have too little space. Strike the right balance with your needs, wants and budget in mind.



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