Building a new home can be an exciting process, but a nerve-wracking process as well. Our contracting experts at Center Island Contracting will make sure no mistakes fall through the cracks, which is yet another reason to hire a design-build firm. Mistakes can be costly to the homeowner to correct, whether it’s a year after the new construction home was built, or 10 years down the line.
Some families dream about building their very own home, perfectly tailored to their style and needs, for many years. The last thing you want to happen when finally making that dream a reality is to make a mistake in the building process that you will regret later. Below are 5 mistakes to avoid when starting a new home construction project.
Choosing the Right Contractor/Design-Build
Having the right contractor or design-build firm on your side is key when building new. Having the right team makes all the difference. Our experience with new home construction can help keep your project within budget, provide a quicker project completion time and offer open communication throughout the entire process.
Energy Efficiency & Poor HVAC Planning
Energy efficient appliances might be the more costly option but remember that it will save money in the long-run. A true energy efficient home starts with the building process, so you will be faced with many energy efficiency decisions in the beginning. Poor HVAC planning is another potentially expensive mistake when building new; it can lead to poor air quality issues and even mold.
The layout design is one of the most important aspects of a new home construction, because it will impact your lifestyle and everyday living. Be sure to account for kitchen convenience, location of the bedrooms, possible wasted space and more. It’s perfectly fine to change the layout during the building process, just make sure it’s during the design phase and not construction phase.
When building a new home, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the layout design and features that suit your needs in the moment. However, planning for the long-term will eliminate costly upgrades in the future if you plan on growing your family or need to take care of a sick or elderly family member.
Account for Additional Expenses
Even the strictest planners will find that additional expenses will inevitably pop up during the new build process, which is why not setting aside money for when this happens is a potentially crucial mistake. Anywhere from 10-20% of your overall budget should be set aside to account for unforeseen expenses so that you’re not blindsided by the additional expense.
For the very best service from qualified, reliable and experienced professionals for all your home building and construction management needs, you can trust Central Island Contracting. For more information about our home remodeling projects here on the north shore of Long Island, in towns like Oyster Bay, Manhasset, Plainview, Jericho, etc., contact us!