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Costly Mistakes to Avoid when Building a House

by Kevin Smith Author

If you’re looking for homes for sale in Granbury, TX, you might want to consider building your own home. Building a home means that you can choose the layout and finishes that you want, and you don’t have to deal with aging structures, appliances, and outdated décor. However, building a home may come with unexpected choices and decisions that must be made. If you’re not careful, building a home can also come with unforeseen costs. Avoid these mistakes that could end up costing you time and money.

Don’t Try to Be Your Own Contractor

You might think you have the organizational skills and time to contract out all the work on your house yourself but trying to do so is likely to end up costing you more, not less. While it’s true that you’re going to have to pay your general contractor to hire all the subs you need, the work is likely to be better quality and get done faster if arranged by the general contractor. In the end it could save you a lot of money and result in a higher quality home. General contractors build up solid relationships with quality subcontractors and those subs depend on the repeated business of the general contractor. This makes them more likely to focus on getting the work done on time and doing their best work.

Planning without the Future in Mind

While you might be excited to jump on all the latest trends in home design, don’t forget to think about the future. Ask yourself what your needs are now and what they’re likely to be in the future while you’re still in the home. Do you have or are you planning on having children? Is this going to be the home you retire in? Are you going to need space for elderly relatives? Answers to these questions could easily affect choices in floorplan. Placement of stairs, bedrooms, and bathrooms should directly correlate with what your current and future needs will be in the home. As far as finishes and style goes, you’ll also want to remember that trends are often fleeting, so function and quality are going to be more important than looks alone. You also want to feel confident you’ll like your choices decades down the road.

Cutting Costs Where It Matters Most

If you’re trying to cut costs, make sure you don’t cut costs now that will end up costing you more later. It’s worth it to spend more on quality insulation, windows, and HVAC systems for example, then on expensive countertops, crown molding, and all those extras. Getting the basics right—the foundation, structure, plumbing, and electrical is essential to the longevity of your house. While you might dream of all the fancy finishes and luxuries, make sure that those aren’t your priorities. Many of those things can be added later when you have the funds, but if the basics aren’t done properly, it could spell disaster later.

Whether you decide to build or are looking for homes for sale in Granbury, TX, make sure you avoid mistakes that will cost you in the future.

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Created on Sep 27th 2018 07:31. Viewed 490 times.

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