The idea of building a “your home” excites most people. Many people want to experience the satisfaction of building their own home just the way they want. However, this satisfaction doesn’t come without challenges.
Here are the most common challenges we see people face when trying to build their homes:
Focus: The builders and suppliers will often pass off alternative, substandard or counterfeit materials. Pay close attention to the supplies and installations to ensure everything is as it should be. A genuine product and good installation will save you a headache in the future.
Quality: Low-quality workmanship or shortage of skilled labor will cause your project quality to suffer. The project manager should pay close attention to the supplied material and build work to make sure regulations and specifications are followed. Poor material and workmanship could pause health, safety, and financial risk in the future. For homeowners using a mortgage scheme to finance the build, a delay will occur when the bank cannot advance the funds for the next construction phase due to poor quality workmanship.
Choices: There are so many decisions to make in regards to your preferred options. Some of these decisions should be left to the professional as they impact the structural integrity of the home and some will come down to you as the owner of the project. Take your time researching your preferred options and remember, these options may not fully work in your current setup or with each other.
Time: Construction of a home can take anywhere between three (03) months to two (02) years or more. The complexity of the house, its size, availability of funds, and unexpected delays will all make a difference in the final time frame of construction. Be sure to allow extra time for every activity and remember the key to a successful home build is patience and lots of it.
Environmental: Environmental considerations should be taken into account for the construction and life cycle of the home. Many of the design issues will be addressed by the architect during the design process. During construction, material extraction, waste disposal, and equipment usage (including maintenance) will affect the environmental impact of your home.
The most common environmental issues on a home site are;
- Human waste
- construction waste
- noise pollution from the machinery/ equipment and installations
- fuel leakages from the machinery/ equipment
- chemicals required for construction (especially cleaning and painting liquids)
Make sure to work with the local authorities and specialists to minimize the damage to the land, water, and air by handling human waste (from your team), construction waste, fuels, chemicals and noise pollution.
Disagreements: Finally, and most importantly, be open and honest with each other. Dispute Resolution is effective these days, though the need to ‘Win’ usually divides the team. Nobody wins. Everyone goes home grumpy and feels like they have lost out. Sit down with your construction team and talk through each aspect of the project before the contract is signed. Identify and find solutions to any stumbling blocks, ensuring everyone agrees to the assigned responsibility, your milestones, timeline, budget, and payment schedule. Your construction team will appreciate this and prone to being much more helpful when they feel like you are all on the same team.
Hiring a project manager can help mitigate the stress of these challenges. It may be an architect, construction engineer, quantity surveyor, or someone with experience in similar builds. By hiring a project manager, you will relieve yourself of the more tedious tasks as you focus on the fun stuff. And while these challenges may seem daunting, the most important thing to remember is the final product. A home is something to take pride in, something to show off. Overall, the process may be costly and take longer than you planned, but the feeling when you walk into your new home built just for you is indescribable.