Building A Home: 5 Planning Rules To Avoid Expensive Mistakes When

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House hunting can be so frustrating if you simply can not find what you are looking for. Everybody has a long list of things that they want in a house and they do not want to compromise too much. You will, of course, have to be flexible on some of the small details but there are a lot of key features that you and your family are not going to compromise on. This makes it hard to find the perfect property but if you are struggling, why not consider building a home instead of buying one?

There are a lot of big benefits to building a home yourself instead of buying one. If you plan and budget well, you can save a lot of money. It is also much easier to build an eco-friendly home if you design the house with energy efficiency in mind, so you can save money on the running costs and reduce your impact on the environment. When you are building a homeof your own, you do not need to make compromises either because you can design it exactly as you want it.

However, building a home of your own is no easy feat and there are a lot of expensive mistakes that you could make along the way. If things start to go wrong during the build, your budget will soon spiral out of control and you may be unable to finish building a home of your own. But that will not happen as long as you follow these tips to help you avoid costly mistakes while building a home. 

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Be Thorough When Buying Land 

The first step before you can start making any plans on building a home is to buy some land. It is so important that you are thorough when buying land and you do your research. There are a lot of things to consider when buying property to build a house on and if you don’t do your research beforehand, you could end up buying the wrong piece of land.

If the land is not suitable for building a home on, you will have to do a lot of expensive work before you can start putting foundations in, so you can be sure that the home will be safe. There may also be environmental issues that interrupt the build. If you only find out about these hurdles after you have bought the land, you have no choice but to spend more money so the build can go ahead.

That’s why it is so important that you have surveys carried out and ensure that the land is suitable for a building before you buy it. 

Couple surveying the land before buying

Hire The Right Architects 

The construction team is far more likely to make mistakes if the designs that they are given are not good. If your contractors look at the designs and realize that they are full of mistakes or there are certain aspects that are simply not feasible, it will slow everything down.

Making changes always costs more money, especially if it means buying more materials and completely overhauling the designs. But you can avoid that if you hire the right architects

When you are looking for architects, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. First of all, you need to look at their experience and certifications so you can make sure that you are working with a qualified architect. However, you also need to consider the kind of experience they have and what kind of buildings they have designed in the past.

You don’t want somebody that specializes in designing traditional Victorian style houses if you are looking to build a modern, eco-friendly home. It is always important to consider the price, but don’t let this direct your decision.

If you just go for the cheapest possible architect that you can find, you may find that it costs you a lot of money further down the line once the build is underway. 

architect drawing house plans

Finalize Designs Before Construction 

A home build rarely goes off without a hitch and there are always going to be a few changes that you need to make along the way. Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way that they are designed in the plans or certain materials are not suited for the job.

Making a change to the original design always comes at a cost, so you need to avoid it, where possible. The best way to avoid changes is to make sure that the designs are finalized before any construction starts. Costs for a residential permit must be paid upfront oftentimes so any changes could cause financial problems.

Some people make the mistake of starting on the early stages of the build once they have the basic floor plans. However, there may be issues later in the build that are caused by your earlier design decisions, which is why you need to finalize the designs and consider all of the small details before you do anything else. 

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Prioritize Your Spending 

When you are budgeting, you need to be realistic about the fact that you will spend a lot of money on certain items. It is important that you prioritize your spending and account for expensive items from the beginning.

For example, if you want expensive marble counter tops in your kitchen, that’s fine, but you will run into budgeting issues if you only decide on this towards the end of the build when most of your money is gone.

However, if you know that you want to splash out on those counter tops from the beginning, you can make sure to cut back on spending in other areas to account for that added cost. 

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Read Construction Quotes Carefully 

Many people find construction quotes lengthy and confusing, so they just look at the final price and base their decision on that. However, cheaper is not always better and it may be the case that the price is lower because they have not considered all of the costs.

Once the build is underway, and those costs are added, the overall price will be more expensive. It’s important that you read the quote in full and go with a contractor that has thought through the project carefully and calculated the costs accurately. 

Following these tips can help you avoid some of the costly mistakes you make when building your home.

Final Thoughts on Building a Home

Building a home is a big challenge and if you get it wrong, it can be very expensive. However, if you follow these rules during the planning stage, you should be able to manage your budget well.

Do you have other thoughts on building a home that you can share in the comments below?

About the author

I'm a mama to four and grandma to six. Yankee born with a love of the south. I love old-fashioned ways with modern thinking. I'm a homesteader, gardener, blogger. I enjoy “from scratch” cooking, consider myself a crafty do-it-yourselfer, and animal rescuer.

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