When as a land owner you decide to build your own house, you must take into account many factors to achieve success, since any other ending will mean a continuous headache, as well as a more than likely financial disaster.
If you have decided on the construction of your house but you do not yet own the land, or you are looking for it and we do not know how or what to look for exactly, take a look at our post what you should know before buying land to build a house.
Once you have made up your mind completely, we are going to indicate the 5 most common mistakes when building a house that we have found in clients who have come to us after having had “problems of various kinds”.
Mistake #1: Not planning the budget
Not budgeting is perhaps the most common mistake many make when building their home. “Let’s go little by little” is often said, but each “little” is going to possibly cost you “a lot”, so by adding many “few” the expense is greater, or much greater, than what you had planned in your mind.
The first step to avoiding this is to carefully assess your expenses and plan how to adjust them to make them realistic. Second, look for deals and discounts to buy cheaper materials and services on purchases that can be made in advance (for example, hiring a builder or architect).
Mistake #2: Not taking into account applicable regulations within construction
There are certain regulations that are restrictive and that are normally unknown. Construction regulations or codes vary from country to country, and even between autonomous communities and between jurisdictions.
Each state has its own building codes that include housing, structural, piping, mechanical, electrical, fire safety, accessibility, energy, elevator…
The number of regulations applicable to the construction of a house is infinite, so if you don’t know them, you should get good advice beforehand.
Also, as we say, each community or even city may also have their own specific building regulations and codes, so check with the relevant city.
Mistake #3: Not hiring a qualified professional
Another of the most common mistakes people make when building a house is not hiring a professional. In fact, it’s surprising how many homeowners try to do everything themselves or hire unskilled workers.
Not only in terms of regulations, as we have indicated in the previous point, but any trade requires your minimum knowledge, let alone to be a good professional. It is necessary to take into account civil liability if any accident occurs before, during or even after the work.
If you’re going to invest in building your dream home, don’t skimp on quality trying to save money by doing things yourself if you don’t have enough knowledge. Instead, hire a qualified contractor who has experience with this type of project and knows what he’s doing.
A good way to find a good contractor is through recommendations from friends and family who have done similar projects before; however, if you don’t know anyone who has recently built their own home, find builders, talk to them, and look up their projects and experience on the subject.
Mistake #4: Not using quality materials
Another very common factor is seeking to save on everything, which is logical, but be careful not to exceed the savings limits by purchasing unsafe materials or materials that will not be able to perform the function for which they are assembled, and then come bigger problems.
It is important to research the materials and products used in the construction of a house, as well as their costs. Finding quality materials is an important step in making sure the project is successful.
Elige siempre aquellos que sean adecuados para el tipo de construcción y su ubicación.
Mistake #5: Not preparing the ground properly
The fifth and final mistake on our list (there are quite a few, really) is not preparing the ground well.
A good builder will always check the ground before construction begins, as this can help you avoid problems later on. You should also make sure that your contractor has done your research and knows what he is doing when it comes to preparing your site for construction purposes.
If you don’t know what type of soil the ground has under your feet, or if it is not stable enough to build on, then there is no point in continuing with the plans until these issues have been resolved; Otherwise, your house could have many settling problems (cracks, unexpected movements…) and even end up sinking.
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