Building your own home in King Country can be extremely rewarding. After all, it’s your chance to create the dream home you’ve always wanted—designed to reflect your personality and lifestyle. The phrase, “build your own home,” however, can lead some individuals into a situation where they are in over their heads. Let’s look at two mistakes you’ll want to avoid in order to keep that from happening.
- Overestimating Your Ability to Be Your Own Contractor:Some people think that in order to ensure they get exactly what they want, they will need to oversee every single step of the building process. If you’re not used to that process, that can be overwhelming. In order to truly manage all of the details of the building process, you really need to understand how all the parts and pieces work together.
That means keeping multiple balls in the air at the same time. You’ll have to stay on top of permits and inspections—and coordinate multiple sub-contractors who will look to you for guidance and decision-making. Plus, you’ll need to hire all of these sub-contractors yourself and evaluate if they have the skill, expertise, and reliability to do the job right. On top of that, guess who gets to resolve conflicts between the framers and the plumbers, and the electricians? You do!
The thing is, when you’re building a new home you’ll already have plenty of decisions to make. You will be involved in the process. Here’s a post that highlights just a few of the responsibilities you’ll take on. Focus on the things you’re comfortable managing and deciding. Getting too involved in the specifics of the construction process can lead to unnecessary delays and costs increases—neither of which you want.
Even if you hire your own subcontractors, consider that you are only calling them for a one-time project, so they will not be as dedicated to you as they are to the company where they get their bread and butter. (Typically, such subcontractors work for contractors, like us.) They may not be as responsive, communicative, or passionate as you’d expect them to be. You have a high chance of being disappointed.
- Designing Your Own Plans: It’s great to sketch out ideas of what you want your home to look like or to draw out a representation of how you want a particular room to look. There’s a big difference between doing that and designing a true builders’ design for your home. You’ve heard the old saying, “Well, it looked good on paper.” It’s true for homebuilding. Some ideas are wonderful—but not feasible or affordable.
Some people see a free (or really cheap) plan online and think that it will suffice for their home. Let’s be honest: There’s a reason they are free or cheap. Most of these plans aren’t particularly good, and there’s a strong possibility that it will cost you more to correct the flaws in the free plan than it would have to have a quality plan created. Everything begins with—and depends on—the plan. This is not a place where you want to try to save money or cut corners.
One of the advantages of using a design-build homebuilder is that you can have absolute confidence that the builder can build what his team has designed for you. There’s no finger-pointing or confusion about what the plans mean because everybody is (quite literally) working off the same page.
By avoiding those two mistakes when building your King County home, you’ll enjoy the process much more (with less stress) and you’ll end up with a well-built home you’ll enjoy for years to come.