6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home

Published December 16, 2013.
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Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Custom Home in Calgary

Are you planning to build a home? Building a home can be a very enlightening experience. By the time it is complete you will be a wiser person with a fine story to tell. Most people who build their own home have a pretty good idea of what they want and what they need. Unfortunately, they usually have very little or no idea what they don't need. And when they are not willing to listen to sound advice, this usually leads to costly mistakes.

Here are 6 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Building a Home:

Not Using Reputable Builders

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not to hire reputable builders in order to cut the costs. This can be very costly as you may end up with a house that you either want to forget completely or rebuild from the ground up. Reputable Calgary infill builders have the experience, knowledge, technical know-how and a team of experts to turn your idea into reality. They give you accurate pricing, have liability insurance and worker compensation coverage, and warranties on labor, materials, and products.

Not Using High-Quality Building Materials

When building a home, you are often tempted to use low-quality materials to save money, especially if you are on a tight budget. This is a bad idea because low-quality materials won’t make for a strong and durable home. Even before your house is complete, you may see cracks beginning to appear on walls and ceilings. In the long term, high repair and maintenance costs will make your home unlivable. Remember to budget for higher-quality materials at the very start of your infill building process.

Building a Home That Doesn't Fit Your Needs

In their zeal to build a fine house with every amenity they can think of, or to keep up with the Joneses, a lot of people build a home that looks beautiful but doesn't fit their needs. Your home should reflect your lifestyle and not someone else's. It should have all the features that you and your family need and nothing that you don't need. If your home doesn't fit your needs, you will soon fall out of love with it and find yourself searching for a new home.

Not Doing the Shopping Yourself

Leaving the shopping to a contractor is a mistake as people tend to prefer their own choices to those of someone else. By doing your own shopping, you can keep the costs to the minimum and choose exactly the products and materials you’d like to incorporate into your home. One reason many people don't like to shop is because of their lack of knowledge about building materials. But this should not deter you as you can learn along the way and ask your home building team for advice.

Starting to Build Without a Solid Plan

In their haste to build their home, a lot of people forget that planning is the most important part of building a home and star without a solid plan. The result is often a house that is out of proportion. You have to start planning a long time before starting to build your house. You should do a lot of research on the different types of homes you can build, the materials needed and the costs. You should hire an architect to prepare your home plan and have the plan ready before hiring the contractor. A proper plan saves you time and money and results in a home exactly as you had dreamed of.

Poor Room Placement

A well-thought-out room placement is important when you build a home. But many people building their own home neglect to give adequate attention to this aspect of home building. The result is an inconvenient place to live in which ultimately increases your living costs. Ideally, the bedroom should be far away from the living room and kitchen which generate a lot of noise. The kitchen should be located near an entrance so that you can bring in the groceries without much trouble. The common bathroom should be easily accessible from both the living room and kitchen. Take the time to think through the layout of your future home and what features will work best for your family.

Avoiding these common mistakes is easy when you choose a Calgary infill home builder like Sunset Homes. We are here to guide you through the entire home building process from start to finish and to ensure that you are involved in every decision. Contact us today to learn more about how we can build you the inner city home of your dreams.

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)

When planning and designing your new custom build in Calgary, remember to account for an efficient room distribution, visit your builder's suppliers and take a look at your material selections, try to cover most of your needs and wishes, research and ask your builder for guidance about working with quality building materials.

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