About to finally realize a dream of yours by finalizing that blueprint of your new home? If so, here are some important mistakes you should make sure to avoid in order to not have issues or regrets down the road!
- Being too hasty with your decisions – keep in mind that building a home is a very important decision, it is going to be one of your most significant purchases in your life (even if you won’t live in it for many years). It is therefore never a good idea to be hasty in your decisions related to it. You may want to marry as soon as possible, or give your kids a larger garden to play in, but these are not good reasons to rush the process. When buying a house and land packages Wollongong, for example, pay careful attention to the location, to the nature of the contracts and to every other small detail. You will be glad you did in the end.
- Not hiring a general contractor – a very big mistake many new homeowners make is believing they can save up by foregoing the hiring of a general contractor. A general contractor is usually the main supervisor of a building project, and is in charge of managing and planning the construction process. Now, you might think that you can find expert builders and other professionals by yourself, and even supervise the construction if you have enough free time. However, you are actually doing a big disfavour to yourself through this – a contractor has a larger network and connections, which means they know what is the best for you.
- Making too many changes during the construction process – before the construction process, you need to have a plan approved. And whilst it is true that you can make changes to this during the construction as well, it is by no means recommended. Changing room layouts and other points can have a negative impact overall – especially so when the change is a big one.
- Not having surplus money readied – and lastly, do have an emergency fund you can resort to in case something goes wrong, or an unexpected expense arises. Now, it is always better to be able to remain within the budget you set out for your new home, but the truth is that most aspiring homeowners rarely stay within the budget they first decided on – it is all too common to go over it. The issue here is that many do not consider this when first building their home, and as such, do not have an emergency fund on which to rely on. Or worse yet, some make expensive purchases during the construction process, leaving them hard-pressed for money when the need arises. Do yourself a favour and have a spare fund just in case.