7 Tips on What to Avoid When Building a New Home

A new home build is something many of us dream about. Having the funds to build your own house totally to your taste is both exciting and rewarding, but it doesn’t come without its share of difficulties.

If you have decided to embark on your own construction project, you want to ensure you spend your budget carefully when bringing your vision to life. Planning and preparation are the key things to bear in mind. You also want to make sure you don’t make some of the critical mistakes that many first-time home build enthusiasts fall into.

So, without further ado, here are 7 tips on how to avoid the common pitfalls of building a new home:

  1. Don’t rush into things

Rushing is bound to cause you to make mistakes. From the off, do your research, look at feasibly designs for the space you have. Create a plan based on a realistic budget and timelines and make a list of the people you want to involve.

  1. Don’t assume you will get planning permission

Whether or not you are granted planning permission depends on a few factors. You need to ask yourself about the area you're building on. Is it an area of outstanding natural beauty? Does the design you are looking to create work in the space you have? Put in a planning application before you start your project. This will save you precious time and money!

  1. Don’t neglect your neighbours

Your neighbours and local residents can contribute to a planning decision by objecting to your plans. Talk to your neighbours from the off and let them know your ideas. If a building is likely to impact them, for example by blocking out their light, try and agree a solution.  Getting them on side is key.

  1. Don’t cut corners

It’s tempting to try and save costs but cutting corners more often than not results in having to spend more money to correct your mistakes. This applies to employing poor quality tradespeople where you might have to have the job done again or using cheap materials that are not durable. 

  1. Don’t forget the environment

Research and source materials that are sustainable and not bad for the environment. Things like renewable energy and high insulation are important in modern planning permission, even more so if you are building a property in the countryside.

  1. Don’t overspend your budget

Overspending is easily done when you’re desperate to overcome difficulties or you’re in a rush for completion but it’s better to resist the urge. Often the project throws up unavoidable costs so it’s better to keep the overspending to the unforeseen rather than the voluntary.

  1. Don’t try and go it alone

Even if you have an understanding of the building and construction industry, it’s best to use a registered architect. Architects don’t just design buildings, they also supervise construction which makes them an incredibly valuable asset when planning and executing a home build project.

For more information on building a new home, get in touch with Bluelime Projects.

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