The homebuilding process is certainly one of many steps, a rather lengthy and (at times) challenging ordeal. But, the overall experience is ultimately worth it once the job is finished and you have the home of your dreams. There’s nothing quite like seeing blueprints turn into reality right before your eyes. While there are quite a bit of steps involved in homebuilding, there are some mistakes you can avoid that are all too common in this process.
- Failing to have sufficient or any contracts. Before you ever break ground on the designated property, get a lawyer to review your contract or create one if the contractor doesn’t provide their own. You’ll want to ensure dates and costs are clearly stated, and you’ll want to make sure you know what will occur should something go wrong. An invoice or a handshake isn’t enough coverage; get a contract.
- Having a short-term mindset. If this is a home you plan on living in until the day you pass on from this world, include that in the building plans. Consider what you will need to adjust over time as you and your spouse age. If you have elevated front porches, eventually the steps could pose as a safety hazard later in life. Second-floor bedrooms could be harder to get to should you end up with a broken hip or various other surgeries.
- Failing to inspect the windows. While energy efficient windows are great for saving money on bills, if they’re not installed correctly, you’ll end up spending way more money than intended. The poor installation creates the ability for hot or cold air to flow in or out, thus causing an increase in your bill and putting you at risk for mold, mildew, water leaks, etc.
- Disagreeing on the design of certain rooms. If you and your spouse cannot seem to agree on a certain room, construction may need to come to a halt until then. Try to find common ground so you aren’t wasting time going back and forth over what the two of you want.
- Opting out of a home inspection. Even if you have a warranty, this doesn’t mean your home is in a safe condition for you to live in. You’ll need to hire a home inspector to thoroughly check the premises before you move in. While your home is brand new, it’s possible for there to be some errors present, some that could be potentially dangerous and/or expensive to repair if ignored for too long.
- Forgetting about the ductwork. Although it’s not required, asking for high-quality ductwork sealing and insulation can improve your HVAC unit’s performance by up to 20%.
- Expecting no delays during the building process. If you’ve chosen to build during the winter months, it’s possible for weather delays to occur. Delays may also occur due to issues with permits. However, don’t fret. Everything will happen in due time.