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Building your own home exactly the way you like it is a popular item on many people’s bucket lists. You can create the ideal haven for you and your family, but like many other dreams, it may be more complicated than you imagine.
So, let’s help you prevent some alarming pitfalls that are more common than you think. Here are some common mistakes people make when building their own homes.
Mistake #1: Not Employing the Right People
If you don’t work with market-leading builders in your field, you may end up with a low-quality building.
From choosing quality kitchen cabinets to getting top-notch roof installations in Phoenix, AZ, you’ll only get value for money if you employ skilled workers that use quality materials.
Otherwise, you may have to fix and replace elements of your home in a few years. To understand who you’re hiring, visit previous building sites, ask for portfolios, and vet builders properly through online reviews.
Mistake #2: Mismanaging the Project
Now you’ve got your team of experts, but how do you go about managing the project?
You do have the right to visit the building site and make sure everyone’s doing their jobs. But don’t use that as an opportunity to make last-minute changes.
Planning must happen beforehand, or there will be pricey mistakes and unnecessary downtime while you and the project leader try to find solutions.
Mistake #3: You Don’t Consider the Power of Going Green
Part of your planning before buildings start should focus on the matter of all things green:
- Using eco-friendly materials
- Adding smart home features that help you save on power usage
- A garden that is easy to maintain, even with minimal water
- Solar power to help get you off the grid
These features will help you when you move in and make you a good steward of natural resources.
You’re also increasing your chances of a high resale value when you sell your home one day.
More and more people prioritize green living, so potential buyers may not consider your property if you have a huge carbon footprint.
Mistake #4: You Never Considered Your Real Needs
Another matter you need to make sure of before you build and even before you buy property is your family’s needs. Don’t merely purchase a lot because it comes at a bargain.
If it’s not close to kids’ schools or your office, you may not like living in that area.
When you plan the home, discuss priorities for now and for the future. Will someone need an office, or will you need more bedrooms once you start to raise a family?
If you don’t consider all possibilities, you may regret your use of space somewhere down the line.
Building your dream home is worth the hard work and capital investment. Just make sure it’s money well spent and that you don’t have unnecessary hiccups along the way.
If you have any other tips for first-timers, please share them in the comment section. Happy building, everyone!
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.