The process of building a home can be very expensive. Naturally, as a result of this fact, people try to find ways to minimize their expenses by getting cheaper, low-quality materials. Additionally, financial stress can start to build up when you encounter unexpected issues that delay the process. While you may be able to safely spend less in a few areas when it comes to building your home, there are instances where you need to focus on quality over expenses. In this post, we take a look at seven things you shouldn’t skimp on when building a home.
1) Windows and Doors
Windows and custom doors should be of the highest quality because they serve multiple important functions of the home. For instance, windows and doors improve the appearance of homes. They also operate as a place where heat and cold can escape, so they need to be properly insulated. Additionally, quality windows and doors reduce or block external noises. Based on the essential functions doors and windows play, skimping on them is not a wise idea.
2) Roofing System
Roofing systems are regarded as being one of the most important areas to focus on when it comes to developing a property. Besides focusing on the aesthetics of the roof, you need to pay attention to the many functional roles it plays. They help to insulate your home, protect your belongings and family from the elements, they can improve air circulation when effectively designed, and they can help to keep your home secure. When it comes to building your home, you need to focus on building a quality roofing system. Fortunately, you have several options that are available. Some are more affordable than others but still provide good quality protection.
Another area where you should focus on quality over price is labor expenses. When it comes to working with builders, architects, and contractors, be sure to work with the most experienced and competent individuals. The idea of going to your local Home Depot, to use an off-label contractor, may seem alluring, but when it comes to something as permanent as your home, if you take this route you may encounter several problems. From ineffective and unsafe building practices to becoming liable as a result of an on-site injury, a cheap under-the-table contractor can end up costing you more in the long run. Ideally, you should strive to work with contractors who are licensed, insured, and can provide references in regards to work they successfully completed in the past.
Regardless if you live in a warm or cold climate, your home needs an adequate amount of insulation. It’s important to note that the purpose of insulation isn’t to keep the home warm alone, insulation helps to sustain whatever temperature your home may be experiencing. Meaning, it helps to prevent heat loss during the winter months, and it helps to prevent heat from entering your home during the summer months. Even though you’ll be making a large investment up front, you’ll be able to save on your energy expenses further down the line.
5) Building Materials
Regardless if you’re installing windows, a shed, or floor tiles, you should never compromise on quality when it comes to building materials. If you use low-quality materials, you may experience critical errors with important parts of your home such as the foundation.
6) Building Foundation
Many people assume that the only role a foundation plays is to stabilize and hold a building above ground. In all actuality, building foundations also help to insulate against the elements, keep moisture out of the home, and to resist movement in the ground around it. In addition to that, they have to be built in a way to last forever. Statistics indicate that a good building foundation should cost 10%-15% of the project’s total expenses.
7) Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is a very popular option many builders use to minimize expenses. It was developed several decades ago to serve as an inexpensive alternative to real wood flooring. Laminate flooring is prone to moisture damage so that isn’t ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Since basements are prone to moisture accumulation, they should never be used in the basement either. Additionally, unlike real wood flooring, laminate flooring cannot be refinished when it gets worn out.