Okay, so you’re ready to build your dream home. Take a breath and be sure you have a good game plan to follow. All too often homeowners make critical mistakes during their home-building process. To ensure your build goes smoothly, avoid these common pitfalls:
Acting as Your Own General Contractor
A general contractor gathers bids, works and/or hires any subcontractors, and in general, makes sure the work on your house is done to code, within budget and on schedule. Saving money by doing it yourself may sound like a great idea, but in the long run it could end up costing you more money. When all is said and done, go pro.
Even if you are working within a tight budget, now is not the time to cut corners on design and materials. Quality workmanship comes at a price, and materials for your home should last a lifetime. Don’t skimp on quality especially on bricks, roof tiles and windows. Remember too, that quality takes time. If a job requires a certain amount of hours to complete, don’t attempt to rush the tradesman to do it in less time. Quality will suffer and so will you. Be aware that some builders may bid lower to win your business but subsequently, tack on other costs/expenses down the road.
There are many things to consider when scoping out the location of your dream home – is it a busy street? Will the lot’s slope and terrain allow for an easy build? What about resale values in the future? Take a step back and consider all the factors when selecting that prime piece of property for your new build.
Does Your Home “Fit” the Neighborhood?
First and foremost, take a good look at the other houses in the neighborhood you’re eyeing for your new build. It makes sense that the size of your home should be similar to the others in the area. The style and architecture of your home should match the rest of the neighborhood, as well. Something else to think about – the smallest or largest home in a neighborhood is often the most difficult to sell.
Set Your Budget – Plus Some
Without a doubt, your budget is crucial when building a home. However, even best made plans can fall apart. It’s highly likely that incidentals will arise along the way. Be sure to make provisions for a rainy day and include an additional amount in your budget that takes into consideration unforeseen circumstances and overages.
Finding the Right People for the Job
When planning a build, take the time to find someone who is right for you and your project. Interview multiple builders and check out their websites. Talk to their previous clients and ask to see examples of other homes they’ve built. It’s also a good idea to check any review sites like Angie’s List. Most importantly, be sure the builder you select has the ability and know-how to transform your ideas into reality for your dream home. Again, hiring experienced and qualified professionals will make all the difference in the quality of the final product.
Paying in Advance
It’s smart to set-up terms and conditions for payment with the builder/sub-contractors. Paying upfront can be a rookie mistake. It’s a commonly accepted practice to pay along the way as different phases of the work is completed.
Design the Home to Suit Your Needs
Schedule planning sessions with your architect and/or builder to produce a design that is exactly what you want and need in terms of space and layout for your new home. Do not start the build unless you are completely on-board with the design laid out on paper. Any changes made after the design plans are finalized can throw off the timing and cost of the entire project. Even the smallest details should be discussed and agreed upon before the hammer hits the nail.
Consider Room Placement
Now is the time to consider room placement. What works for you, your family and your lifestyle? Commonly, bedrooms should be placed the furthest from noise and traffic. The master is usually located away from the central living areas and sometimes separate from all other bedrooms. The kitchen is usually near the garage and toward the back entrance. A mud room works best near the garage or kitchen. However, if tradition doesn’t call to you, plan whatever room configuration fits your dream.
Getting an Independent Opinion is Crucial
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