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Guide On How To Avoid Common Mistakes During New Home Construction

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There is no doubt that constructing your new home is an exciting moment in your life. However, it is also a very delicate one at that. It is probably the biggest investment you will ever make in your life and you want it to be as pain free as possible and even better outstanding result. Truth be told, for some homeowners the process of constructing a new home has become nightmare. The issue being the fact that these homeowners jumped into a complicated process without taking the time to think things through or look for an experienced and reliable new homebuilder. Here is a short but definitive guide on how to avoid the common mistakes people make when doing new home construction.

Hiring Builders Without Doing Due Diligence

They might have found a pretty convincing ad on the Internet, TV or radio. The price seemed too good to be true. They begin thinking that this is the moment they’ve been waiting for. Only to find out that the new homebuilder they’ve chosen is not only inexperienced but also uninsured. They are left with a project unfinished and not up to par with even the most basic construction standards. How to avoid this? Perform due diligence on your new homebuilder. Do a background check; ask for references and check whether or not what they are claiming is the truth. It is pretty easy to create a website and fill it with beautiful pictures of finished homes and pass it off as their own. Do not be fooled easily with outlandish claims and low prices. Follow the simple advice: if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Unless proven otherwise.

Signing Up With The Lowest Bidder

Any aspiring homeowner would love to save money on something as big as a home construction project. However, if you are thinking of constructing a new home and not come to terms with the simple truth that it is going to cost a considerable amount of money, chances are you are going to just take the lowest bid and hope for the best. This is a recipe for disaster. Lowest bids means the builder might be taking short cuts on the quality of materials and workmanship leaving you with a home with substandard plumbing, lighting and roofing. Never compromise the safety of your family by attempting to save a few dollars. Make sure to have a good discussion with your new homebuilder regarding the quality of materials and workmanship.

Scaling Down On Quality

This is very similar to the item above. Some homeowners start right as they choose good quality materials but end up later on insisting for cheaper ones instead. Keep in mind that low quality materials depreciate within a very short period and you will end up with more costs on repair and renovations down the road.

No Buffer For The Budget

There is no doubt that in any new home construction project, the budget is one of the biggest factors if not the biggest factor to consider. However, another important aspect that many homeowners neglect to consider is the buffer. In any new home construction project, unexpected things happen. Prices of materials rise and fall, some affordable materials may not be available or out of stock etc. You have to anticipate for these things. A professional new homebuilder knows how to make a budget that can account for these unanticipated conditions. You need to communicate with your builder to ensure that there are enough funds available should it be necessary.

Making Lots Of Changes After Plans Are Completed

One of the factors that can inflate costs dearly is late alterations. Regardless if it is a minor or a major change you want, please do so early enough prior to the final phase of your new home construction is completed in order to avoid huge repair costs.

5 Factors When Building on Your Own Land

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If you are thinking of building a custom home, you have the creative freedom to decide what it feels and looks like. Constructing a custom home on your own land provides you with the opportunity to edit floor plan based on your needs. You can choose fixtures, the layout of the room and the view you would prefer from every side of the home.  Here are 5 factors your custom homebuilder will recommend when building on your own land.

It’s all about Location

When it comes to homes be it custom or not, it really is all about location. There are a number of factors to consider. Collaborating with a custom homebuilder can help guarantee you are getting the best possible land and price for the home you want to build.

Factors to consider when looking for the perfect spot to build your custom home include:

  • Commuting distance from home and work
  • School district
  • Type of community you would like to live in
  • How you would enjoy the land around you
  • Whether the area will hold or gain more value in the future
  • Zoning laws in your area
  • Whether the land is suitable to build on
  • Type of soil you are building on

View You Want to See Everyday

If you are looking for land to build your custom home you might want to take into consideration the view you would want to wake up to everyday. You might be the kind of person that wants to have some privacy from your neighbors or the type that does not mind waving from your window across the street.  The 3 most important factors when it comes to home view are: placement of the home in relation to the sun, what area of the home you want your neighbor to see, views you prefer in each room.

The Exterior Style of the Custom Home

Your custom homebuilder will recommend different styles for your home exterior and can also recommend styles and materials that can compliment the land’s surroundings.  Some of the popular home styles that you can look up online are: colonial, contemporary, modern, Victorian, ranch, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Tudor, farmhouse and cottage.

Wherever the location of your lot, the exterior portion of your home should match the lot’s feel and look in order to achieve the best cohesion. Your custom homebuilder can help provide you with the best recommendations.

Best Possible Floor Plan

In the homebuilding industry, there is really no shortage of ideas. You can choose current floor plans that are designed to meet your needs or you can customize your own with the assistance of a professional. Different lots are better suited for certain types of floor plans.  When selecting a floor plan you need to consider how much space you require for the home, the number of bedrooms for you, your kids and or guests, type of play space the kids will have or whether you prefer an open or compartmentalized floor plan.  The great thing about custom homebuilding is there are no set parameters to follow. You can decide to build your home with any floor plan and style you prefer. Your custom homebuilder can assist you to get the most out of your chosen floor plan.

Maximizing Space on Your Land

Your custom homebuilder can provide you with ideas on how to maximize the available space on your land by adding outdoor amenities and features like a patio or garden, establishment of a fenced area for kids or pets, kind of landscaping your prefer, water features such as pond or pool. Your custom homebuilder can offer you all the information your require. Call one today.


Welcome to WIBuildeer.com. my name is Tracy and I am the senior staff writer for the Williams & Ivy Builder website. I have over 15 years of experience in home building, remodeling and DYI projects. Myself, along with the other writers on staff share our experiences, tips and tricks for anything related to your home. Wether buying, building, remodeling or maintaining…we have you covered.