7 Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your New Home

Posted by Devon Shryock

Building a custom home is one of the biggest investments in your life so you’ll want to make sure you avoid these 7 common mistakes to make sure everything turns out perfectly.

Not Using Professional Plans

A good set of plans may cost you a few hundred dollars, but they will save you thousands of dollars during the construction process by avoiding costly mistakes and confusion. Even if you have basic sketches and ideas, our design team can turn them into professional plans so that your ideas are clearly conveyed to the contractor.

Having a good plan is the first step in avoiding future mistakes when building your home

Not Customizing Plans to the Land

If you got your plans from a third party designer, you should have the contractor take a close look at them to make sure they make sense for your land. For example, if your house will be built on a hillside, you might need to have stairways added so that you can get to all the entrances.

Trying To Be Your Own Contractor

Some people may have some construction experience so they think they will be able to save some money by building their house themselves. However, contractors have spent years building relationships with suppliers and have knowledge about building codes. To make sure everything is built correctly, you should use an experienced contractor.

Placing Design Above Needs

The first thing you should do when you start thinking about building a new house is to write out a list of needs that you would like the house to fulfill. Then, during the design process, you should make sure those needs are met before too much effort is put into making the house look good. Remember, you will be living in your house, not the designer.

Not Caring About the Foundation

To most people, a foundation may seem like a large slab of concrete, but if it’s even a few inches off square or just slightly unlevel, the whole house could be affected. There is a saying that goes “if the foundation isn’t right, nothing will be right”, so before the walls begin to go up, make sure the foundation is perfect.

Building the Best House in the Neighborhood

It may seem like a good idea to have the best house in the neighborhood, but when the time comes to sell your house, it will be much harder to get a fair price if all the other houses in the neighborhood are of a lower quality. You want to find a balance between getting the most for you money, but not getting too much.

Being Hands Off

Since you will most likely be hiring someone else to construct one of your biggest investments, you should be checking in regularly to make sure everything is going to plan. You may check in one day and find that the bay window you were really looking forward to is pointed directly at the hillside and should be moved to the other side of the house. If you don’t check in, you may not get the house you hoped for.

If you would like more help with building the house of your dreams, contact us for more information.

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