For many people around the world, building a brand new home is the ultimate dream. It’s your chance to define the next chapter and design a dwelling that truly represents your tastes, your preferences, the lifestyle you want to live.
But when you roll up your sleeves and get into the business of making this dream a reality, you might find yourself with no shortage of problems. Of course every home building process is going to have challenges, but you want to keep them manageable. You certainly don’t wait it to be an experience you’d rather forget. You certainly don’t want to have regrets when the project is complete.
Unfortunately, many homeowners do end up with regrets—whether during the process of building a new home, immediately afterward, or months down the line. You don’t want to be one of those homeowners. This may be the biggest investment of personal resources you ever make, and you’ll do everything you can to get it right.
It makes sense, then, to look at the common regrets that do show up when homeowners go through the process of hiring a contractor and building a new home. Knowing about the mistakes that lead to these regrets might just help you avoid them.
- Thinking short-term
Many home builders think about the layout they want today, but fail to consider how their needs might change in the years to come. Of course building a home is about realizing your dreams, but it’s also about planning for the future and creating something you can grow into. Open floor plans are very popular, but it’s best to think carefully about sacrificing amenities like an extra bedroom—someone special may need it down the line!
- Skimping on storage space
There’s a reason why so many blogs, products, and renovations are dedicated to increasing storage space: A huge percentage of homes are built with inadequate storage space.
You may be a minimalist with very few material possessions, but if you’re like most people, you’ve got a lot of stuff and you need a place to store it all—especially in key areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Elegant, built-in storage is a beautiful thing, so ask yourself: Will it be easier to build the storage I need when the home itself is being built, or will it be easier to renovate down the line (or rely on IKEA)?
- Not loving the layout
Speaking of kitchens and bathrooms, these are two very important areas when it comes to design, amenities, and layout. Many homeowners end up regretting some of these choices. Perhaps it’s because they don’t explore all their options, or gather enough quality advice from trustworthy sources? Even if you’re building a relatively small home, your contractor should be able to help you find layouts you absolutely love for every room. And if you’re not convinced, you shouldn’t be pressured to settle.
- Not choosing a reputable contractor
This is probably the number one regret amongst homeowners who build new homes. Why? Because it leads to countless other regrets. When you hire a qualified home builder who guides you through every step of the process, is attentive to your needs, and finishes every detail to the highest professional standard, most of these other problems take care of themselves.
Overall, taking your time and doing plenty of research, with careful attention to the little things, will help you avoid regrets as you move forward with the home building process. Good luck!