As the adage goes, “Hindsight is always 20/20.” No statement is truer when it comes to building a home. To help you survive the challenge, we made a list of mistakes to avoid when building your dream home.
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Home
Planning your new home is exciting! You have all the details figured out, from the lot to the style, exterior, interior finishes, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, fixtures, furnishings, even down to the accents and paint colors.
What can go wrong?
You’ll be surprised at the number of things that can derail the build if neglected during the planning process. Let’s take a look at the biggest mistakes to avoid when building your dream home.
1. Being passive in the process.
Your new home is one of the most significant investments in your life. Don’t be passive when it comes to making decisions. Read and understand the contract or have an attorney review it if you’re struggling to understand what it says.
2. Cutting corners on the budget.
Don’t sacrifice quality to cut corners on the budget. Do you want to replace your home’s windows in the next five years because you took the cheap way out?
3. Building in a poor location.
Consider resale value before settling on a location. It may be convenient to live near a grocery store or strip mall, but living right next door might not be the best location. Not to say that you need to be half an hour away from your closest neighbor. However, the most appealing homes are not directly adjacent to areas like this.
Also, things like slope, water table, and terrain affect building on a piece of property. Do your homework before buying a lot.
4. Choosing a home design that doesn’t make sense for the neighborhood.
Take a good look at the homes around you. The size of your home should be similar to those in the surrounding area. The smallest and the largest home in a community can be the most difficult to sell.
5. Not building in a buffer.
Your construction budget should include a slush fund for unforeseen circumstances and overages. Even with the best-intentioned bid, you could see incidentals pop up.
6. Not forecasting delays.
Expect building delays. They are a normal part of construction due to weather conditions or structural inadequacies. Staying flexible will save you much stress during the building process.
7. Working with the wrong builder.
Take your time choosing a builder that’s right for you. Check with previous clients to gain a clearer picture of what it’s like to work with the builder you’re considering. Ask the builder to see examples of previous work, both in photos and in person. You’ll be working closely with them for several months, so find someone you can connect with to transform your vision into reality.
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