“Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family.” – Kevin McCloud
If you want to build your house, it symbolizes your need to protect your family. Our ancestors build houses on their own and provided a roof for their family. But, is it possible in today’s world?
Do you think you can do it?
You may be in the construction industry, but do you think you are ready to build a house on your own? Are you prepared to manage sub-contractors, handyman and other workers who will undertake the actual construction work?
Many people opt for constructing a house on their own in order to save the cost of a general contractor. But, before making any decision, consider the following things:
It is not a Science
Although constructing a house requires you to know engineering, it is not a science. It involves supervising people and handling them effectively. There are several unexpected incidents such as rise in the cost of materials, unavailability of labor, etc. that can put your plan in jeopardy. A general contractor is well-versed with handling all the pitfalls of constructing a house. So, he/she will have no problem in getting all the work done.
The Financing Issue
Constructing a house is an expensive project and homeowners require home loans to undertake the project. It is important to note that lenders will require a qualified person to handle the construction project. It is because it gives lenders a sense of security. If you construct the house on your own, you will experience difficulty in obtaining home loans.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance.
Like every other thing in the world, constructing a house also requires proper preparation. If you decide to construction a house on your own, you will have to complete the following tasks:
1. Learn the construction process.
2. Know about the latest technology, materials, supplies, etc.
3. Go shopping for materials and supplies.
4. Order the right quantity of materials at the right time.
5. Hire an architect and sub-contractors after thorough screening process.
6. Obtain the relevant permits from the government.
Constructing a house requires undivided attention. You will have to be present on the site in any of the following situations:
1. To discuss the plan of action with the sub-contractors
2. To check material delivery
3. To solve any problem
4. To review the work, etc.
You will have to sacrifice your job for constructing your house. Are you ready to do it?
These are only some of the things that will require your undivided attention if you try to construct a house on your own. Remember being your own general contractor is no picnic. It can be a painful experience for you. So, do what you know the best, and let the experts handle the rest.