Mistakes: How to Avoid Them During New Construction Builds

by Roy Warfield & Amanda Hermesman 02/14/2021

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Building a new home is an exciting event, but the process can be overwhelming — particularly if you are having your first home built. While working with a qualified and reputable local builder will ensure that you get the best results possible, it's also important to remain informed and aware.

These are some of the most common mistakes that people make when building their first homes:

Choosing a Cheaper Lot in a Bad Location

Budget is often a top concern of people who are purchasing a lot and building a new construction home. While it is understandable that many buyers want to stick to their budget, it's important to avoid sacrificing the quality of the lot in order to secure a better price. An inferior lot — whether smaller or located in an area prone to inclement weather and weather damage — can have a significant impact on your enjoyment of your new home. It is better to choose a high-quality lot in a premier spot, because you cannot change or readjust your lot after your home is built.

Rushing Through the Planning and Design Stage

The planning and design stage is the ideal time to make changes to your construction plans and to tweak the design of your new home. Far too often, many people who are building a new home quickly approve the plans in this phase without giving much thought to changes that should be made. When issues arise later in the process, it becomes a lot more costly and time-consuming to adapt the plans. 

Prioritizing Rooms that Won't be Used Frequently

It's easy to get caught up in the fun of creating your dream home, but you will still want to use your space wisely. There are a lot of people who want to incorporate extra rooms into their design, such as a designated play room, a game room or a recreational room. These rooms often sound great on paper, but are rarely used for their intended purpose in real life. You may want to prioritize an open concept floor plan or a living space that adequately suits your lifestyle.

Forgetting to Rely on the Expertise of the Builder

Your builder has the experience and qualifications needed to provide you with sound advice, but some buyers ignore the input of the builder in favor of their own personal preferences. Rather than brush off the concerns of your builder or resist their suggestions, you should consider their thoughts and recommendations for your floor plan.

By working with a builder who is open, honest and trustworthy, you will easily avoid making these common mistakes. You should select a new construction home builder that has earned a reputation for excellence in the community and who has significant experience building homes in your desired area.