Starting a new home build from scratch is a daunting enough experience to take on alone, and one which can see the tiniest of mishaps escalate into irreparable errors. So although you may have confidence in yourself to build your ideal home, there is always room for sound advice from a new home build specialist that can improve your situation, whether you have a plot in the city, suburbs or on the coastline. Here are five common home build mistakes to be mindful of:
- No Short Cuts!
It can be tempting to cut corners on a specific task relating to your new home build if you face an issue with budget or time. The wise decision is to ignore the easy way out because the potential damage could cost you so much more in the long term. Choose a quality material to work with, and finish a job until its complete because your project is built to last and there is no short cut to a job well done. The overall quality of the house or home you are building rests on the time and skill you are willing to invest.
- Paying Cash Upfront
In modern times there is no longer any need for an old fashioned cash transaction to secure the start of a home build project. A professional and qualified service or tradesman will work out a financial plan with you that suits your budget and timeframe. There is always the risk that paying a business or individual in advance can backfire as the cost isn’t recorded electronically, nor can the transaction be proved if the matter turns into a legal issue.
- Failure to Budget
Building a house is a far cry from a food shop or holiday booking; there are numerous ongoing costs for labour, materials, legal cover that will always hit you unsurprisingly, and can hurt your bank account hard. Before you make a start on your home build work out the entire spend over the full duration and compartmentalise the aspects that are of most importance, then allocate where the money should be invested. The worst case scenario is having to cease building halfway through a project because funds have dried up, leaving a delay for a move-in or sell date. You think it will always happen to someone else, but everyone is at risk.
- Making Changes Too Late On
A high important aspect of the new home project is the architectural planning of how the property type will be built. An architect can need ample time to give you exactly what you have asked for, which eats into budget. If you change your mind on the structure of the home once building has already begun it can throw the whole project off and trigger a domino effect of problems and costs. The slightest issue, from the movement of a doorframe to the lowering of a windowsill can be a problem that affects an entire area of the property. Be wise and confirm your plan are correct at the early stages.
- Not Hiring Experts
The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ can not be more appropriate than when planning to build a home. This is true regardless of your chosen location, whether its Australia, Japan, or anywhere in between. Take a moment to look up a credible home build specialist in your area that has authentic client testimonials. Failure to get the right man or business on the job may set you back a small fortune and years of time wasting.