If you’re in the process of building your home, look beyond the design and your wants. Building a house comes with a hefty price and often times, you don’t get to construct the one you’ve always dreamed of due to budget constraints. Nevertheless, the compromise you’ve made along the process could present you the home you’ll need.
As a new homeowner, you are bound for mistakes. Don’t worry, it’s inevitable and many have learned from theirs. If you’re still in the planning process, let’s help you minimize that as much as possible. Here are a few of the most common home building and planning mishaps homeowners make that you should avoid.
Trying to do it all by yourself
Unless you’re an expert in the field, you can’t possibly do everything by yourself. Sure, you already have an idea where to put your laundry room and your home office, but it’s still best to consult and conceptualize with a professional.
Working with a true expert can also point you in the right direction during the planning process. Tell them your wants and needs, the non-negotiables, and your budget. They’ll help you achieve the home that suits you accordingly. Add to that, their knowledge and a good grasp of the field can save you more than when you try to cut corners.
Not hiring professionals
Like the above mentioned, hiring a skilled and licensed professional in the field will save a lot of time and money—yes, money. They may be expensive but in the long run, it’s less expensive than hiring the wrong people.
A custom-designed house needs professionals to succeed in shaping it up. You can always ask for recommendations, read reviews and the likes when looking for the right personality fit for the job and one that meets your qualifications since you need someone who you can work comfortably with.
Not planning your budget
The truth is: building a house doesn’t come cheap. It’s expensive which is why it’s important to set a realistic budget. If you have little to no idea regarding it, ask your friends or colleagues who have had their homes built. While you’re at it, ask for any additional tips and advice. Also, set a budget that is more than the estimate just in case anything doesn’t go to plan. It’s better to over budget that under budget in this scenario.
Cutting your budget
Cutting corners is not always the solution to save more. It may work on some things but not on everything. Cutting your budget on materials and the likes could make matters worse in a few years. Case in point: opting for a cheap sofa vs a higher-priced one but with great quality.
Being a cheapskate can often time backfire. Don’t cut your budget too much especially on labor and much-needed materials. Your pay on laborers reflect on their work and the materials will stay put for a long time (depends on quality), think about that.
Poor space planning
One of the reasons why working with a professional is recommended is because they have a better grasp and understanding of how motion and floor plan works. Space planning and design is one of the vital parts of the planning process. You ought to know what goes where and ensure that the position is practical and convenient. Do you really need two entertainment areas or converting the other into a storage room a more sound choice? A workstation or office with very limited sockets? That would be problematic.
About the author: Chie Suarez is a passionate writer/blogger for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie likes watching TV series and movies, she has a deep interest in home design and decoration.
February 23, 2018