Building a new home can be very exciting. It will also test your patience almost all the time. There are some critical errors that many people make when they begin to build a home that costs them a lot later. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people can do and how you can avoid them when building your home so that you can anticipate for the best results.
Going for the bidder with the lowest cost
When you build a home, the expenses can prove to be overwhelming most of the time, which is why many people commit this mistake of going ahead with the lowest bidder. Instead of getting impressed by the fact that the amount quoted to you is the lowest one, look into the actual costs of construction and see what they are. Sometimes a person who gives you the highest bid might be somebody who is very ethical and uses only the highest quality material for the construction which will in turn give you a stronger home. For example using weak or low quality material will lead you to spend more later on things like a concrete slab repair which will cost you a lot. Think wisely always.
Not knowing about the change order process
The “Change order” process of a home or any building under construction happens when unforeseen circumstances compel you to alter the initial plan that had been put in place. These can be minor things like concrete repairs or major changes like moving doorways or altering the position of a wall and roof. Therefore make sure that before you sign in with a contractor, you both have a clear understanding of what kind of costs will be incurred in the event of a change order scenario.
Hiring without checking on the background of the builder
Your builder needs to be one with clear reputation and great credentials along with a proven track record of quality constructions. You can get this checked if there is any specific body in your area that holds a list or database of recommended builders, through friends and family, colleagues or even researching online. But make sure that you have them thoroughly screened before you sign up with them.
Trying to change everything after the plan has been finalized
Once the contractor has made plans and finalized the approval of the engineer it means that your house and the structure that you have proposed for it is structurally good and strong. Therefore making any plans once the structure has been finalized will incur additional costs. You will once again have to have these changes reviewed by an engineer to ensure that the structure and strength as well as the support of the house has not been compromised by the intended additional changes. These things can take a lot of money and time and really draw out the whole process.