Building your dream home is exciting, but first-time builders can sometimes make simple mistakes that leave them less than satisfied after moving in. If you want to be comfortable and unworried in your new home, it's important that you take pains to avoid these common issues that might rain on your parade.
Cut Corners When It Comes To HVAC
HVAC systems for your home can be expensive, so it makes sense that you might feel tempted to opt for the bare minimum unit needed to heat and cool your home in order to cut costs.
Unfortunately, this may end up costing you significantly in both money and comfort down the road. Opting for the weakest possible unit your home can use will mean that it has to run at max capacity at all times just to sufficiently heat or cool your home, and it still may not succeed on the hottest and coldest days of the year. Working so hard also drastically increases the chance of a breakdown, which may mean you have to shell out thousands more to replace a part or even replace the whole unit.
You can skip the discomfort and save yourself money by buying a unit that is slightly overpowered for your home. It may cost more in the beginning, but the lowered chance for a breakdown and the assurance that your home will always be a comfortable temperature are well worth the expense.
Skimp On Lighting Options
If you've never built a house before, it's common to have trouble visualizing how many lighting fixtures a room will actually need and where they can best be placed. However, dim lighting in your home can be incredibly uncomfortable, producing eye strain and causing you to have a higher risk for accidents.
Before your rooms' outlets are finished, consider testing the lighting with a few simple portable light sources. Place them wherever a light fixture might be in the room, and observe whether or not the room still seems dim. Does it have any dark patches or corners? Would furniture be able to block the light and darken the room? If so, you'll need to add new fixtures or move the old ones around.
Be sure to also check windowed rooms at different times of day. Sometimes other homes, fences, trees, or signs may obstruct the sunlight coming into a particular window, but only at certain hours. If this happens in a room that depends on the window for light, it may be a good idea to also add a few light fixtures to compensate.
Don't Bother Saving For Repairs
Your new home is perfect, right? Why bother saving for repairs right away when you know for sure nothing is wrong with your house? Unfortunately, thinking this way may lead to a rather unpleasant awakening for you when something does go wrong.
No one is perfect, which means it's highly possible that you and your contractor overlooked at least one small issue with your home that will need fixing. But even if you didn't, you still have to contend with the possibility of an accident or natural disaster that damages your home in some way. If you don't have a savings ready, you could be forced to live with the problem for a while before it gets fixed. For some issues, like roof leaks, this is not only uncomfortable, but may also raise the chance of the issue getting even worse.
The best way to avoid this is to start putting away money before your home is even completed. That way, you'll be ready for anything when you move in, and little problems won't have a chance to grow into big ones.
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