The Seven Most Common Mistakes People Make When Building a House


We are able to do true mirror images of any of our plans. But unlike so many others, all of our dimensions and notations will be printed correctly, not turned around backwards. This is because it is done by the software we use to draw the plan instead of being “mirrored” by a digital copier. And we will do mirrored plans at no extra cost.

Additionally, from a financial point of view, you want your home to be an investment that will keep and even increase its value. Here is a tip. Do not build the largest home in the subdivision. If you do that you will not get the maximum return on the dollars per square foot that you have invested.  When you build the biggest house, you have actually just increased the value of all the homes around yours. (Don’t expect a thank you.) But while your big house increased their values, you guessed it, their smaller houses decrease the value of your house when it is time for you to sell it.

Actually, the best thing you could do is to build the smallest home in the subdivision. That way the higher priced homes around yours bring your value up.

Number 5

This next one is critical, especially if you are making the mistake of acting as your own general contractor. Even if you have a general contractor, don’t allow this one to happen because it will cost money, time, aggravation, and could change some of the features of your house.

What is this calamity in the making? Let me just give you the solution. MAKE SURE THE CONCRETE IS RIGHT! I can’t tell you how many times I have been on a job site where the slab or foundation was wrong and that affects everything that takes place after that. I am not even talking about being structurally unsafe. If the house is just a little bit out of square, by the time you get to the other end of the house, everything could be off by several inches. If it is not level, trusses may not line up correctly resulting in buying new trusses to make up for it or using costly labor to modify the ones you have. Everything will have to be reworked.  EVERYTHING! You may as well just throw your plans out because none of the dimensions are right. You have to have the foundation right or nothing will be right.

If you are your own general contractor, make sure that the right grade and strength of concrete is used. Make sure that all piers and supports are exactly in the right place or you will end up with settling and cracks. Do not settle for anything less than perfection from this sub.

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