4 Mistakes to Avoid | New Build Edition

Building a new home is exciting, but it can also be time-consuming and stressful (to put it mildly). Every member of the Radcliffe Team, from agents to admin staff, has experience with building a new home and we wanted to share with you the 4 mistakes that we see homeowners make when building that could be 100% avoided with a little planning and guidance on the front end. 

Before we dive into the nitty gritty, it's important that you know the pros and cons to building a home vs.  buying an existing home. We lay out everything you need to consider in our post The Process of Building Your New Home.

If you are still on the fence about whether you think you should build vs. buy, bookmark this post for later and read that first! You'll thank us later! 

1. Not setting a realistic budget:
Building a new home can quickly become expensive if you don't set a realistic budget from the start.
Sure, a moat full of alligators with a drawbridge you control from the house sounds like the best way to keep your mother-in-law from stopping by unannounced, but have you really thought about the cost of feeding them 'gators? 

You must consider all the expenses, from permits to finishes, and plan accordingly.

2. Skipping the planning phase:
It's important to take the time to plan out every detail of your new home, from the layout to the finishes. Rushing through this phase can result in costly mistakes and regrets down the line. Do you want your kitchen in the basement or on the main floor? What about a detached or attached garage? Do you want light or dark walls? Have you considered what kind of floor you want?

Being able to visualize the space of your dreams but also how it will fit in with your life is the secret to keeping your dream home from turning into a nightmare! 

3. Choosing the wrong builder:
Choosing the right builder is crucial when building a new home. Do your research and choose someone with a good reputation, experience, and a proven track record in the city or neighbourhood where you want to build.

The Radcliffe Team has been working with Colden HomesParry Homes, and VanderMolen Homes to bring the utmost in client satisfaction. The process is easy, exciting and fun! Check out some of the builds that they have done for previous client homes here!

4. Neglecting future needs:
It's important to consider your future needs when building a new home. Will your family be growing? Will you need more storage space? Granny suite? Does your moat need Less 'gators? Will it need MORE 'gators? Who is going to maintain the drawbridge? 
Consider all these factors when planning out your new home. 
What questions do you have about building your dream home? Drop us a line or give us a call - We'd love to chat more.