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Common construction mistakes to avoid when building or renovating

Sat April 29, 2017

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In a recent article, we talked about a few of the pros and cons of building a property instead of buying an existing home. Some of the biggest benefits include exemptions from stamp duty and the ability to customise design, layout and decor to your exact specifications. However, there can be a few significant challenges associated with building a property from scratch. Even when renovating an existing piece of real estate, a few mistakes can cost time and money. 

In this article, we'll look at a few of these common pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

There's a huge amount of construction going on in Sydney at the moment.

Finding the right builder

From brand new apartment developments to properties being renovated before a sale, there's a huge amount of construction going on in Sydney at the moment. This can present a bit of a challenge when trying to find an experienced builder to take on your project, as it's likely that all the best contractors and businesses will already have a very full plate. It's important not to compromise though, as poor quality work can have a massive impact on the price you'll receive when you eventually decide to sell the property.

One way of finding the right people for the job is to seek out referrals and examples of previous work. This will provide a clear indication of what level of quality to expect, and help you to make an informed decision. You can also visit Service NSW to double check the credentials and licences of any contractor before you use them.

Think very carefully about about the HVAC systems and equipment incorporated into your new home. Think very carefully about about the HVAC systems and equipment incorporated into your new home.

Prioritise HVAC

One of the most common mistakes that home owners make when building or renovating a property is to focus on the aesthetic details instead of more important practical aspects. It's easy to get caught up in the finer things such as expensive chattels, but before you blow your budget on dozens of hand-crafted door handles, you should think carefully about necessities such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). 

In Australia, the weather can quickly change from blisteringly hot to wet and windy, and your property needs to be comfortable no matter the outside conditions. Investing in comprehensive insulation and all the right pieces of HVAC technology will make sure that your home is always cosy. Not to mention, neglecting these elements can result in mould or other potential damages to the property, which should be avoided at all costs. 

It's well worth being patient and letting the contractors get on with their work uninterrupted.

Be realistic

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when undergoing any sort of property construction is to be realistic. There are two elements to this - understanding that any good build will take time and cost money. 

Being realistic with time can be a challenge if you want to move into your house as quickly as possible. After all, renting in the meantime can get expensive quickly, and chip away at your ability to pay off a mortgage quickly. However, it's well worth being patient and letting the contractors get on with their work uninterrupted. Nobody will appreciate being hassled to work faster, and rushing could lead to oversights and mistakes. 

By the same token, an unrealistically low budget can mean your house will be built from lesser materials, effecting sell-on value and the quality of life you'll enjoy when living there. A great property is a big investment, and cutting corners will never work out in your favour. 

For more information on everything to do with buying, selling, building or renovating property, be sure to contact the Laing+Simmons team today.

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