Housing is one of the most basic human requirements. Everyone needs a roof over their heads. Owning one’s own house is a big deal. In many societies, it is considered as a rite of passage. To own a house, you should definitely work extremely hard. The financing, house hunting and finally moving into the house does not come easy. There is a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into the whole process. Out of buying, renting and building your own house, the last option, that is, building your own house, is the hardest. You have to be on the ball constantly, overseeing everything, right from the start to the end of the process. It can be an exhausting process, but the end result is that you have the house of your dreams. Here are some golden rules to follow when it comes to building your own house.
Plan, plan and plan
For someone who has never built a house, it may seem a little too odd to find such a mundane thing as a golden rule. Of course, everyone plans when building their house. The planning that you do when buying a house and building one, are on two completely different levels. When it comes to building your own house, you need to be obsessive about planning. Planning allows you to be on schedule, make maximum use of your resources, prevents rework and ensure that your house is built the way you want. For example, if you forget to order waterproofing products, you will waste a lot of time because there will come a point where the construction cannot go on without them. At the same time, if you leave all the planning to the contractor, you will most probably be in for a big surprise towards the end of the project.
Buy in bulk
This is another golden rule that you should keep in mind. This will save you a lot of money in the long run. Most vendors give discounts when products are purchased in bulk. To take advantage of these discounts, you would again have to plan appropriately. Things such as tiles, waterproofing products and construction material can definitely be bought in bulk quantities. Make sure that you plan these things at the beginning of the project and purchase them in bulk.
Be on the watch
Being on the watch should be your second nature when you are building your own house. You simply cannot let your contractor run the show on his own. Make sure that you visit the site at least once a week to ensure that you are on top of all the activities that are going on.