New Home Construction: 5 Potential Problems to Avoid

Have you recently purchased some land in preparation for building a new house? If so, then we’re pretty sure that you want to be able to get started quickly so that you can move into your dream home just as soon as possible.

Before you do start building, there a lot of factors to keep in mind. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five potential problems that many people experience when it comes to home construction projects. If you take the necessary steps to avoid these, we’re confident that the construction process will run smoothly and you’ll be able to move into your house right on schedule.

Not being sure what you want. Although the contractor that you hire will definitely be able to provide you with some ideas that can help to create an absolutely amazing house design, you still want to give them a general idea of what it is that you want. For instance, do you want an open floor plan? How many bedrooms would you like your house to have? When it comes to the materials and features, do you want them to be as eco-friendly as possible? By knowing exactly what you want, plans can be created and executed in such a way that you won’t have to experience a lot of delays.

Hiring a bad contractor. Speaking of contractors, we’re pretty sure that you’ve probably heard a few horror stories from individuals who hired a contractor that did a poor job overall, failed to stick to a schedule or maybe even hired subcontractors who did not meet a homeowner’s expectations. This is why, before hiring one, you need to interview 3-5 different individuals, request to look at their portfolio and get referrals from some of their formal clients too. That way you can be confident in the choice that you make and know exactly who you’re working with.

Failing to get permits. Something that a new house is going to need is its fair share of permits. And while you may be tempted to skip out on some of them, we actually recommend that you don’t do that. The reason why is because if a housing inspector happens to find out, it could result in some pretty hefty fines. Plus, they are legally within their rights to demand that you tear what you’ve already built down if there isn’t a permit in place. For both of these reasons, make the trip to your local county clerk office to take care all of your paperwork at once. That way, you can get a list of permits that you need (and pay for them too).

Paying more than you can afford. If you were to ask a customer sales associate who works at a company like Global Crane Sales about a new house construction problem that is pretty prevalent, one of the things that they would probably mention is the fact that a lot of people end up paying more money on building a new house than they can afford. This happens when they don’t set a clear budget, they don’t get their own materials or they don’t have a contract in place so that their contractor cannot take advantage of them. This is why having a concrete budget is so crucial- you don’t want to end up with a bunch of bills you can’t pay once your home is finished.

Not having a clear contract. Even if you and your contractor have come to a verbal agreement, that doesn’t automatically hold up in court. For the sake of your own legal protection, make sure that there is a signed contract between the two of you. That will help to keep things on schedule and prevent you from having a series of unpleasant surprises throughout the construction process. For information on home construction contracts, visit RealEstate.FindLaw.com and put “things to think about before signing a construction contract” in the search field.

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