7 Costly Mistakes: 7

Posted on July 5th, 2019

7. Unrealistic time frames

I had a stand-in a Home Show once. There were several other builders there and one company was promoting an eight week time frame for building your home. Impressive, and of course everyone was asking me how long it takes me to build a home.

I later discovered this building company signed up many clients following the home show based on the eight-week promise. I also discovered that the company had never actually built any homes before, so they didn’t know if it was possible to build a home in eight weeks or not.

Naturally, the first home ran considerably over time, the second home took just as long and the company folded partway through the third. Many people had also paid large deposits to secure their build and, unfortunately, they ended up out of pocket.

This is a sad example of not just unrealistic time frames but also of people getting sucked in by marketing that uses unsubstantiated and grandiose claims.

Most of the time, however, it is not the builder that has unrealistic time frames, it’s clients. It’s understandable because it’s a bit like getting an early birthday present that you can’t open…it feels like forever until you can open your present.

Some companies promote guaranteed completion dates. On the face of it, this seems great, and it is good as long as everything runs to plan or no changes have been made. However, if something doesn’t go to plan you’ve got the inconvenience of changing all your arrangements. You’ve also got the risk that everyone will end up rushing at the end of the build, potentially compromising quality.

Most people go through the process of building to live in their new home for a long time. It is a real shame when I see people rushing to get in a week or two early, which is pretty insignificant when you consider how long you’ll be living in the home.

I have noticed that if you have nice accommodation while your home is being built you enjoy the experience more and are not pushing hard to get out of the place you are renting and into your new home.

I had a client with a large family who decided to rent a cheap two-bedroom flat while they built. It was fun for the first two weeks, but then the cold and damp winter nights set in. Living in such close quarters, they all got sick and had a miserable experience.

For not a lot extra, you could probably rent a nice holiday home by the beach.

It is worth factoring in a little extra rent into your building budget to have good quality accommodation while you are building.


Tips & Advice

  • Beware of unsubstantiated and grandiose claims.
  • Don’t rush finishing your home.
  • Have good accommodation while building.

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You’ll receive a copy of the project schedule for your home. You will be able to see the planned progress for your new home plus you’ll be able to see the planned progress for your new home plus you’ll be able to see the times we have scheduled for your site meetings, which include meeting the electrician to confirm the electrical plan and meeting the tiler, painter, and landscaper.

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