7 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home

The happiness you experience when you realize that your new home is finally under construction is hard to match. You have covered it all – from the floor plan, to the landscaping, to the tiles in your kitchen. Everything is as you always wanted. However, building a new home is full of decision-making. From purchasing the lot and throughout every step of the way, less experienced homebuyers often make these seven mistakes.

Choosing an unknown builder

Every builder has a certificate, but not all builders are made equal. Going with the first one you find might turn into a bad decision later on. Some builders take great pride in their trade and keep up their good name by using quality materials and reputable subcontractors, while maintaining full communication with their customers. A great builder will keep you informed along the way and treat each project with passion.

Saving money on quality

Building home is a costly project and it is only natural that homebuyers are trying to find a bargain wherever they can. However, cutting corners with your new home construction is not advised for a variety of reasons. For example, if you are building larger home at the expense of quality, you may end up with a house made of inferior materials and sub-grade workmanship. What is more, compromised quality at the beginning will translate onto lower resale value in the future.

Making last minute changes

Once the architect has received the engineer’s authorization of the home’s plan, there is no room for changes. Whatever adjustments you want to make, make them early in the process. Simple changes like moving a doorway to one side or the other can increase the costs. Something that seems a simple change to you may affect supporting beam calculations, altering the whole construction.  

Overly-customized floor plan

There is nothing wrong with adding a few your own elements to an existing floor plan. Yet, many homebuyers make a mistake by designing such an original floor plan that the home is nearly impossible to sell in the future. Fancy features like a spacious round foyer, dome-shaped ceilings, an interior elevator, or a huge built-in salt-water aquarium are interesting, but many prospective buyers may not find use for such curiosities. Share your design ideas with an experienced builder who knows what sells and what doesn’t.

Buying land under pressure

A common mistake is to buy a lot because it is the last one and if you don’t buy it right away, someone else might. There is probably a reason why no one wanted it in the first place. Never compromise your dream home by putting it on an undesirable location. Factors like slope, water table, terrain and soil determine how easy it may be to prepare the lot for building. Consider hiring expert geotechnical consultants in Brisbane to assess the geotechnical characteristic of the lot so you can build you home without later regrets.    


Overbuilding a home in less prosperous neighborhood

Everybody has seen one – a large, expensive home in the midst of a neighborhood with small family homes that sell for far less. You may have chosen a less expensive lot on order to afford larger home, but bear in mind that it will never reach its full resale potential, only because the neighboring home values will always be considerably lower.

Weak design choices will make your home not only uncomfortable, but also harder to sell in the future. Architects, engineers and builders possess the experience to help people make sound decisions. They will let you know if there is a bargain to be made, and where cutting corners can compromise the construction.