What Happens When Building Your Home Goes Wrong

04 May 2020

If you’ve been looking for a home property to buy, then you probably know how difficult it is to find something that perfectly embodies your dream home, a place where you can live forever. 

During your search, you may have come across homes that were poorly designed, have outdated kitchens, and with bathrooms that are really small.

It is for these reasons why so many people decide to build their own homes. They hire a home builder that’s capable of making their dream homes become a reality. Indeed, the best thing about building a new home is that you are free to come up with your own design and plans and get it built according to what you envision it to be.

But home builders are not perfect. They make mistakes too. So, what happens if your home construction goes wrong? Here are some of the most common things that could go wrong when it comes to building a new house.

  1. You Don’t Have a Proper Contract in Place

Before you get started with the construction project, you should have a lawyer review the contract. You can also ask your lawyer to establish a new contract with the home contractor. 

Before you sign the contract, double-check everything, most especially the costs involved and the deliverable dates. Above all, find out what the consequences are if some of the items in the contract aren’t met. 

Some contractors carry out work by simply exchanging handshakes and invoices. But this won’t cover you in case of construction delays or if the costs are more than what you have agreed on.

  1. You Have Skipped Inspection

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when building a new home is not getting it inspected. 

Even though the contractor offers a warranty, take note that this cannot replace home inspection. The last thing you want is to discover several significant problems after a few months of living in your home.

So, before you move to your new home, hire a third-party home inspector that's licensed to conduct a comprehensive check of your new home. To be sure, consider hiring a private investigator that can carry out a background check on the inspector you plan on hiring. 

  1. There Have Been Delays in Construction

There are various instances when your home construction could get delayed. Usually, the most common reasons why home contactors will miss the agreed completion dates are a shortage of workers, bad weather, and delays in the processing of permits.

This is why it’s important to make room for these schedule delays. You should be flexible with your move-in date. Give cushion to your timeline and allow ample time for delays so you won’t be disappointed in the end.

  1. You Haven’t Checked the HVAC System

The HVAC system is a very important part of any building or home. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize this until they encounter issues later on. 

Some of the potential problems relating to poor installation of the HVAC system are mold growth and increasing electricity bills.


  1. Adding More Rooms Than Necessary

When constructing their new home, too many homeowners get so excited that they end up building more rooms than unnecessary and they have to hire a painting company to pain them.

Before you decide to add a game room or multipurpose room, ask yourself if you really need those. 

You should only include rooms that you can use even in the long run. Under-utilized rooms are only a waste of money and will end up becoming a dumping ground for unused things in your house.


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