Building your own home is a great idea in the current real estate market, but building your own home does not necessarily entail building it alone or without professional help. Unfortunately, many first-time home builders often make silly mistakes that costs them both time and money—turning what should be a fun and cheap project into a money pit. If you want to build your own home, but are a building beginner, then here are some big mistakes to avoid.
Mistake 1: Being your own contractor
No matter how much you think you know about construction, being your own contractor is almost always a bad idea. Putting up some IKEA flat-pack shelves does not make you a homebuilding expert, and even truly experienced builders can benefit from a little distance between themselves and their homebuilding project. Yes, hiring a contractor costs, but it also will save you time, which in homebuilding will save you money. Get a contractor who you trust and who will get your project done, and you will not regret it.
Mistake 2: Buying land without checking out its previous owners
Not all land is the same, and quite frighteningly, not all land is safe. If a factory, gas station or other hazardous building once stood in your area, then you might find the ground and water table underneath your land is contaminated with chemicals, which can cause problems like vapor intrusion later on. Check environmental data resources to find maps of the local area going back a few decades or check the title deeds to see if your land is a healthy place to build a home.
Mistake 3: Not thinking about the future
While building a cosy cottage might seem like a great idea aged 25, it may not seem so wise when you are 35 and have 3 children. A good house should last many lifetimes, so think about your lifetime and what you will want from your house over the course of your life. Life plans change, and even though you mightn’t be thinking about kids now, you may later go kid crazy. Think about how you will use your house 10, 20 and even 50 years from now—build a home that will grow with you.
Mistake 4: Not thinking about space
Space is a very precarious issue when it comes to homebuilding: too little and your home will feel cramped and not meet your needs, too much and you will incur unnecessary construction and heating costs. You need to scour every square inch of your floor plan and truly think through everything from the positioning of your rooms to the amount of rooms you have. You will regret it later if you do not.
Mistake 5: Forgetting about landscaping
It might seem like a throwaway detail, but even the prettiest of new homes will look ugly and awkward if the land they stand on is not landscaped appropriately. You don’t need fountains and a thousand flowerbeds, but at least sewing a lawn might be a good idea. When you are approaching the end of your build, look at the land and think about spending a little money on landscaping and making your home overall look just that bit prettier.