Start to finish, and after moving in, there are many potential pitfalls in home building. This article will troubleshoot common problems and help you find ways to avoid problems. We will troubleshoot the two major categories of home building problems which are financial problems and structural problems.

Potential Home Building Problems: Financial

The number one problem of 2009 and 2010 was foreclosure. To avoid this situation in your own life, step down the scale of your project a bit. Don’t go for the most expensive home you can possibly afford. Rather than plan for payments which amount to 1/3 of the family’s total income, consider building a smaller home with lower payments. Choose payments that could be paid even if times got harder. It is a great time to buy a house because of the low interest rates, but don’t over shoot on how much you can afford. Instead choose affordable payments. Consider less square footage and energy efficiency to economize on your electric bill as well as your payment. Make sure your home will continue to be affordable no matter what the future holds.

Potential Home Building Problems: Structural

Some of the most serious problems involve improper construction and structural failure of homes. Of those, a cracked slab is high on the list of common failures. Slabs are also compromised by plumbing problems beneath slab foundations. Therefore slabs are often inadequate. In most climates and soils, a real foundation is highly recommended.

Another problem involves disreputable home builders who pretend to use one type, quality or quantity of material, while actually using another. One shocking example included a builder using 2”x2” lumber for walls and rafters instead of 2”x 4” or 2”x 6” lumber. The resulting home was completely structurally unsound, and terribly illegal, but somehow this builder got past the inspectors. For this reason it is important not to rely on inspectors to insure the safety of your home. It is vitally important for the homeowner to conduct their own surprise inspections, and to frequent the jobsite to make sure their home is being well constructed.

Other common problems include squeaky or sagging floors. When lumber is insufficient or unevenly applied in the floor joists, or inferior materials are used on the subfloor, the result can be sags, squeaks and even possible structural instability at some point in the life of the home.

Potential Home Building Problems: Avoiding Problems

The best ways to avoid structural problems is to select a well known quality home builder with many years of experience. It is important to know the reputation of your home builder or contractor. Avoid low price, low quality builders and instead go with someone you can trust to deliver a quality house. No matter how much you trust your home builder or contractor, always check behind all contractors and subcontractors to make sure everything is up to the standards as agreed on in the contract. There’s no reason to be obnoxious about it. Simply pass it off as enthusiasm or curiosity. Check on your house regularly. Make sure the right materials and skills are used to avoid potential home building problems.

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