Building a house is like starting a new chapter in life. But that excitement can turn into a wild roller-coaster ride experience especially when hearing the horror home construction stories from your friends or neighbours.
No one can blame you as building a house indeed contains numerous unforeseen, and more often unpleasant, circumstances. But this shouldn’t be a reason for you to stop building your dream house. One good thing about building a house is there are things you can do to somehow lessen the unpleasant circumstances. To ensure your house construction will run smoothly, here are the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:
✗ Don’t: Manage the house construction yourself
There are some homeowners who tend to get carried away during house construction and decide to manage it themselves. Every builder understands that building a house is a fruit of the homeowner’s hard work. So, it is just right for them to be hands-on with every process. This is to ensure every process will run smoothly and finish according to their timeline.
But homeowners, as clients, need to understand as well that home construction is a complicated job. There are certain tasks that look easy but turn out to be complex, and vice versa. To avoid expensive mistakes, you must entrust the job with a reliable builder.
✓ Do: Choose a reliable builder
Finding a builder is easier nowadays compared to before. There are lots of resources that you can use like newspapers, yellow pages, internet, and the newest addition, tradie apps. The only question is ‘are they all reliable?’
One way to find out if the builder is reliable is by checking their previous experience in house construction, skill certifications, and licence status. If you want to know more, you can always read guides like ‘What You Need to Know About Finding the Right Builder”.
✗ Don’t: Let anyone tell you what you need
People will always have an opinion with everything, and building a house is not exempted to it. If you hear someone suggesting a possible addition to your house construction, from either relatives or builder, it’s all right to listen to their suggestions. But make sure you will still have the final decision, not them.
Always remember, no one knows what you need more than yourself.
✓ Do: Create a contract for every job (added and agreed upon)
There are some instances when you suddenly need to add new tasks. Most of the time homeowners and builders will agree on it and seal it with a handshake. This is a bad move!
Whether these additional tasks are caused by an unforeseen circumstance or whether they are intentional, make sure to create a contract for it. A contract is important because it can protect the interest of both parties, builder, and homeowner. The contract should include the following:
- Whole details of the additional task(s)
- Dispute and resolution process
- A detailed outline of the overall cost
- Payment schedule
- Builder’s disclosure statement
If the additional tasks cost more than AU$30,000 and above, it’s best to have a lawyer check the contract.
✗ Don’t: Exceed on your budget for doing a job that you don’t need
The process of building a house can be expensive because new ideas will continuously pop up in your head, unforeseen problems that needs immediate action, and so on. But the good thing about this is you can manage it by sticking on your budget.
The best thing you can do when you experience this is to relax and weigh in the importance of that new job. If it threatens the quality of your house, you must solve it right away even if you need to exceed your budget a little. But if not, write it down on your planner. After the house construction, if you still have a budget for it then you can pursue it.
✓ Do: Plan the layout properly
Planning the layout is important because this will ensure that each area is facing the right position, every piece furniture is in their right place, and most important is, you have enough space for movement.
When everyone hears the sentence: ‘rooms must face the right position’ they will immediately think of Feng Shui. But the truth behind it is to ensure that your house will never be like an oven during hot season or too cold during winter. You can do this by positioning your house or rooms where good daylight is appearing most of the day. This will help you conserve energy. But make sure to have horizontal shading during summer or hot-weathered season.
For areas in the house that need to maintain a warm temperature, you can add air locks in between the indoor and outdoor space. Airlocks are designed with heat exclusion and retention feature.
While for the spacing, you need to allot enough space, so the door (cabinets, equipment door, and main door) can freely open without blocking any space for pathway or hitting any other furniture.
Building a house is a rewarding moment in one’s life because it is the fruit of their hard work. To ensure you will savour the moment and eliminate stress, plan everything according to your needs and stick to it. Also, hire a professional that you trust to deliver great quality work.
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