Posted by: Regent Homes, on May 12, 2014
Building a new home is a great experience. You get to customize every feature to your family and your lifestyle. But with so many decisions to make, it’s easy to let important details fall through the cracks. You can make the process – and the end result – a successful one for you if you avoid these common mistakes.
Not knowing the building site and lot
You first need to know the building site. Get precise measurements of the lot; this informs the exact size and shape of your home. Understand restrictions such as the allowed proximity to other structures, the ability to erect fencing or landscaping features, any height restrictions (to avoid blocking views), or placement of driveways. Understand the stability of the site, too, and how slopes affect water run-off and sewage flow.
Not signing a specific contract
Many problems stem from having an unspecific contract between you and your homebuilder. Before any dirt is cleared or concrete is poured, you need a specific contract clearly spelling out each step of construction. Be sure, especially, that the final price is set and agreed upon. Include language specifying what is included in the house and what is not, and review the process for addressing changes to the home or amendments to the contract.
Not choosing the right builder or contractor
Your homebuilder is different than the architect: the builder executes the designs and handles any challenges that arise in physically building the structure. Take time to interview different homebuilders and look up reviews of their company. Drive by past examples of their work. Consider different bids, and understand that low bids do not always equate the best quality work.
Not thinking through the details
You are going to live in this house – really live in it – so the house should perfectly suit your needs. Think about your daily routines, your preferences, and your movement through the house. In five years, you don’t want to find yourself saying things like, “I wish I had one more electrical outlet in this room,” or “If only the stove range was a few feet closer to this counter,” or “I wish we had designed space for a king-size bed.”
Not thinking about the future
The home you’re building will be yours, yes, but hopefully it will be a home for many years beyond you. Think about small things like ceiling molding, window placement, closet space, door styles, all the nooks and crannies that make a house stand out to potential buyers. In the future, a small detail like a stunning bay window, a well-placed lighting fixture, or a bright wall color might mean the difference between a sale or a pass.
When building a new home, any small mistakes early in the process will multiply into bigger problems in the end product. No one wants to be sitting in their dream house, only to realize at the end that it’s not their dream. By avoiding these simple mistakes, you can make the process smooth and enjoyable, with the end result of a beautiful home for years to come.
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