There is nothing more exciting than building a new house. There’s something about the way the process unfolds that will keep you engaged for many months.
Of course, your good time can turn sour soon enough if you don’t make all the right moves. This is why it’s so important to be aware of the many mistakes that could sneak up on you at some point.
If you’re moving closer toward the home building process or have already gone down this path, here are several mistakes to avoid at all costs:
1. Overlooking the Finer Details
There is more to building a home than choosing a floor plan, selecting a few options, and waiting to move in.
Discuss all the finer details with your builder, ranging from the placement of your home on the lot to the final touches that will give your property the look you’re going for.
2. Focusing on Size and Nothing Else
It’s easy to become so obsessed with the size of your home that you overlook other details that are every bit as important.
Generally speaking, the larger the home the more it costs. So, while you may get more square footage, building a home that is too big could hold you back from some of the amenities that are important to you.
3. Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
I only get to build a new home one time so I’m getting everything I want!
Does that sound familiar? While it may be true, it doesn’t mean you should spend more than you can comfortably afford.
Set a budget based on your comfort zone and stick with it no matter what. Sure, it may mean eliminating some things you really want, but it’s better than ending up with a mortgage payment you can’t afford to make.
4. Overlooking the Importance of Amenities
The design and layout is important, but so are the amenities you choose.
What type of flooring do you want? Do you have a countertop preference? Is there a particular type of cabinet that gets you excited?
Your builder can discuss all available amenities with you. Go through each and every one to ensure that you get exactly what you want (within budget, of course).
5. Ignoring the Build Process
Even though you can trust your builder to manage the job from beginning to end, it doesn’t mean you should be absent.
Check in on the build process from time to time. Ask questions if there is something you don’t understand. Point out anything that doesn’t look right.
You don’t want to micromanage your builder, but staying in constant communication is never a bad idea.
By avoiding these five mistakes you’ll find it much easier to enjoy the home building process!