Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Home

Posted on: 26 June 2014

The number of new homes being built in Canada has increased by 27.4%. If you are thinking of working with a home builder to construct your dream home there are some costly mistakes that you will want to avoid. Being aware of these common mistakes can help you work more productively with your builder to ensure you end up with a home you can be proud of.

Mistake #1: Selecting The Wrong Floor Plan

Many builders offer a few generic floor plans for their customers to choose from.  While it may be in the builder's best interest to sell you on one of these floor plans, don't be afraid to request changes.

Some things to keep in mind when selecting the right floor plan for your new home include:

  • The amount of space. Rather than focusing on the upgraded appliances or the fancy hardwood floors you should pay close attention to the flow of the rooms. You will want to make sure that each room has enough space to comfortably accommodate your lifestyle.
  • Limitations on accessibility. If you plan to live in the home you build for many years, it is important to think about how your accessibility needs will change. A home builder may offer floor plans that include several sets of stairs, which can be difficult to navigate as you age. Keeping these considerations in mind can help you select a floor plan that will fit your long-term needs.

When you know what to look for when evaluating the floor plans a builder offers you it becomes easier to avoid making a mistake in choosing a floor plan that is not suited to meet your unique needs.

Mistake #2: Failing To Consult A Designer

You want your home to look as presentable as possible, and working with an interior designer can be the best way to achieve this. Many home builders, such as Sartori Custom Homes, keep designers on staff to help clients select paint colors and fixtures, and failing to take advantage of these professionals when building a new home can be a mistake.

Interior design professionals work with contractors to do the following:

  • Ensure that the structure of your home meets your design needs. Consulting an interior designer before construction begins will ensure that you end up with a home that has ample wall and window space to accommodate your design tastes.  
  • Ensure that wall and floor finishes are consistent with your overall design scheme. Deciding whether or not to go with carpet or wood flooring can be difficult, but an interior designer can work with your home builder to ensure that the finishes in your home allow your design visions to be realized.

If your home builder is hesitant to work with an interior designer then partnering with that builder could be a mistake.

Understanding how to avoid costly mistakes when working with a home builder to construct your next home will ensure that the finished product is a home that meets all of your needs.