Your home is one of the most important parts of your life, especially when preparing for the end of times. It often feels like a haven that will shield you from the dangers and difficulties of the world. When those threats include natural disasters and societal collapse, a house needs to safeguard and sustain its inhabitants. But the average American house can’t offer the protection necessary for surviving extreme situations.
To ensure your and your family’s safety, consider building your own home. Building a house poses a unique set of advantages and challenges, so it’s important to consider if you really want to make the commitment — and possibly think about purchasing a home instead. Here are a few things to consider if you’d rather build your home:
From doomsday proofing the house to crafting the perfect floor plan, building your house can help you endure whatever comes your way.
Location, Location, Location
If you decide to build your own house, you can choose the exact location you want. You don’t have to compromise by living next door to annoying neighbors or on a busy street. You can find the perfect plot of land for your needs and determine exactly how you want to use it. If it’s a big enough lot, you can consider building other useful structures for off-grid living, like a barn, disaster shelter, or greenhouse.
When building a new house, you get to start from scratch — you have complete flexibility to create the home you want. You don’t have to compromise on or worry about upgrading existing features that you don’t like. You have the power to build exactly what you want, whether that’s a completely sustainable house or a homestead meant to withstand natural disasters.
A Fresh Start
Newly built houses won’t need a lot of maintenance, expensive upgrades, or large repairs to get doomsday-ready. You don’t have to worry about any hidden costs of purchasing a home or inheriting problems from the previous owners. As soon as it’s done, your home will be prepared to survive the inevitable.
Of course, there are also challenges that come with building a home, particularly one that needs to be outfitted for off-grid or survivalist living.
High Initial Costs
Initial costs can be much higher than purchasing a home and can stack up easily. Between unanticipated costs, schedule changes, and environmental factors, the upfront price of your home can be much more costly than purchasing an existing home — especially if you’re trying to build a special, apocalypse-worthy structure.
Dealing with Construction
Moving in and of itself is already a notoriously stressful life event, and building on top of that will only increase that stress. Construction is chaotic, and even if you make frequent trips to the dump or rent a roll-off dumpster, there will be a mess of debris and scraps for months. Things have to get a lot worse before they get better.
Takes More Time
Building a house takes much longer than buying an existing one. On average, building takes three to six months, which doesn’t necessarily account for the time spent planning, designing, and researching. You may sell your existing home well before you can move into your new house and you might have to deal with renting and storage in the interim.
If you want to move into a secure shelter quickly, building your home may not be the right option. Ultimately, the decision to build your home falls on you, your family, and your needs. If you have extra time and resources, it’s worth it to build a home you trust. You can’t be too prepared.
Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.