Photo from Unsplash
Building your own home can be a very stressful but rewarding experience. Sure you have to deal with contractors and choosing materials and a location, but you also get the home of your dreams.
If you are about to undertake building a new home but worry about making mistakes during the process, don’t fret!
We’ve put together a guide of the five most common mistakes people make when building a new home. If you want the most painless home-building process possible, keep reading for more!
Location, Location, Location
Real estate is all about location, and building a new home is no exception. Before deciding on a site, you’ll want to give it a thorough evaluation.
And this does not mean visiting just once. You should visit each site at different times of day (and year, if possible). This will give you a good sense of the sunlight, traffic, and noise in the area.
Make sure to check with the local zoning and planning board to see if there are future construction plans in the area, as well.
After all, your new home is not going to seem as nice when it’s a block away from a train crossing or new highway.
Not Planning Ahead
When writing out your “building a new home” checklist, make sure to not just think of your current needs.
That nice three-bedroom home will feel pretty crowded if you intend to have a couple more kids, for example. Or maybe you have aging family members who might be moving in in the future.
Whatever the reason, make sure to give yourself the space and amenities you will need years down the road from now.
Not Sticking To The Budget
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re building a custom home. But continuing to add to your list of must-haves when building a new home means that your budget will start to bloat.
When you’re in the planning process, make sure that you stick with your original plan and don’t add a new outdoor living room just yet. Some designers offer pre-designed floor plans that will help you estimate the total budget.
It is always better to undershoot your original budget and add on later, especially when financing a new home build.
Not Hiring The Right People
While it can be tempting to cut corners on contractors who offer design-build services, it is worth it to hire a licensed and experienced crew.
Make sure to also thoroughly vet your contractors and don’t always go with the lowest bidder. You want a contractor who gets good results and is bonded and insured, for your protection.
Not Communicating Well
After you’ve hired your all-star house-building crew, you want to make sure to stay in constant communication with them.
Even the best architects and contractors can let their own vision take over during the design-build process. If you want your home vision to come to life, make sure that you are involved every step of the way.
Help With Building A New Home
If you are looking into building a new home, we are here to help! Our experienced team has years of experience in every step of the design and build process.
Feel free to contact us on our site, or call at (817) 894-5313 today!