Do you dream of buying the perfect home but can’t find anything that ticks all your boxes? Building a new home can be your solution and part of that is to know the top 5 mistakes to avoid when building new.
Building a new home means you’re able to create something tailor-made for you and your family. From the moment you move in, your personal style is stamped into your new home. Unlike an existing home, with a new build you start with a blank canvas and end up with your dream home.
What’s more, new homes are built to current building standards, using more energy efficient materials meaning you’ll save money in the long run.
Of course building a new home requires some planning and research. So that you know what to look out for, here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid when building a new home.
1. Doing it yourself
Putting on the project management hat may seem like a good idea at the beginning and a way to save money, but it could end up costing you more in the long run. Leave it to the experts, so you’re free where you’re needed most.
At Longview Homes, we work with you from the initial idea to move-in stage and everything in-between. We take care of ALL the background details including helping develop your plans, consent drawings, council consent, site planning, choosing materials right through to construction until completion. We can also arrange additional services on your behalf, like site clearing and demolishing existing buildings, bulk earthworks, site services and consents.
2. Cheapest is not always best
You’ve probably heard it before. And the same applies to building a new home. Some builders will offer you a lower price to get your business and then tack on expenses as the project goes on.
Choosing the cheapest quote for the sake of saving a few dollars could mean a costly renovation project later on. Building with Longview Homes is the smart choice. Using Metra® Construction Panels, an innovative building system that reduces build time while improving the usable space and durability, your home will stand the test of time and look great for years to come.
3. Forgetting the lifestyle
Instead of focusing on how your home should look, think about how you want to live – your lifestyle and what’s important to you. If you like to entertain, focus on creating outdoor areas or living space suitable for entertainment. If your home needs to be family friendly, consider things like stairs, type of flooring or paint that is hard wearing and easy to clean.
We can help guide you in these decisions: With our help, you can choose your colours, cladding, appliances and designs, and we take care of the rest. When you build with Longview Homes we work to a fixed-price contract so you know up front how much everything will cost. Our build cost also includes all tap-ware and mixers, appliances, joinery, fittings, toilets, tubs, and carpets – all of which you choose yourself.
4. The wrong location
Before you commit to an area and location, do your research. What’s transport and access like? Are you on a bus route and close to bus stops if you need public transport? If you’re buying a family home, are you close to schools and parks? It’s worthwhile doing your homework to find out everything about the spot you think is best. Particularly if you’re thinking ahead to a few years’ time when you may want to sell your property – location is key to getting the best sale price!
5. Not choosing the right builder
Choosing who is going to build your new home is one of the the most important decisions you’ll make. After all, you’ll be trusting them with every aspect of the building process from whoa to go. You really cannot do enough research into getting the right builder.
Compare quotes, ask for referrals and go online to read reviews. Some builders may use lower quality building materials which may not give you the longevity you’re looking for. Reliability and a solid reputation are key, but you also want to choose someone who understands what you want and someone you can communicate with. At Longview Homes rest assured, we tick all those boxes.
Longview Homes is proud to be New Zealand owned and operated. With over 10 years’ experience in building dream homes, locally owned franchises throughout the country are ready to work with you on your building project. Contact our team now to start your new home build.