Common mistakes beginners make when building a new home

Building a home is exciting. But with so many decisions to make, there’s a lot that can go wrong. And even if you’ve built a home in the past, building practices might have changed considerably – not to mention your own preferences and needs. To help you navigate the process, we’ve put together this list of the most common mistakes people make when building a home, to help your new build go as smoothly as possible.


It can be tempting to choose a site that seems ‘good enough’, even though you know it’s not right for you and your family. But location impacts both your lifestyle and the resale value of your home, so it’s a decision that’s worth getting right.

While the process of building a new home can require some compromises, don’t settle for a site you know will cause ongoing issues. For example, is it close to schools, or will you need to drive for an hour each morning to drop your kids off? Is it well served by public transport? What shops are nearby? Is it a community you feel comfortable in?

It’s also important to ensure the site will allow you to build the home you have in mind. Make sure your site can comfortably accommodate the size of the house you’d like to build, and that your design will complement the size and style of the surrounding houses. Choosing a site that works well for your dream home will make the building process as easy as possible, keep your new neighbours happy and improve the resale value of your home.


There are lots of costs involved in building a home, so make sure you’re aware of them all. Some builders will start with just the price of the house itself, which will seem low because it doesn’t factor in all the costs of the project. In some cases, you might not work out the true cost of your build until after you’ve paid the deposit.

Examples of costs you need to be aware of are council fees, permits, site costs, soil tests, excavations, external fittings and contingencies. Once you’ve found a builder you can trust, ask them whether these costs might apply to your project and whether the figure you think you’ll be paying for your home is realistic. That way, you’ll be prepared and can make your decisions accordingly.


If you’re building a custom home, you’re likely to live in it for a long time. Your needs might change over the years, so make sure you think beyond your current lifestyle. For example, is there a chance of a new family member? Might the kids need more space as they grow? Do you hope to work from home in the future? It’s much easier to factor these things into your home design than to remodel at a later date.


When you’re looking at plans for your new home, you’ll probably be focussed on the big picture, such as the size and layout of the design. But the details are important too – as you’ll discover when you go to vacuum your home and there’s no powerpoint in the hallway, or you realise the lighting isn’t right for your space. The best way to make sure your home meets your needs is to work with someone who’s built homes many times before, such as your building company. They can offer advice and answer any questions you have. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and include that extra powerpoint or light fitting.


Most home buyers are budget conscious, so it can be tempting to choose the most basic materials and fittings. Although it’s important to stick within your budget, you don’t want to skimp so much that your home feels low-quality. With careful planning, you can create a luxurious home that’s still affordable. Talk to your builder about your options, and select the highest-quality materials you can afford. You’ll be rewarded with a quality home you’ll be proud to show off.


Building a home involves hundreds of decisions, and it’s easy to worry you’ve made the wrong choice. But it’s important to enjoy the process during this exciting time, and mulling over decisions for too long or changing your mind can cause stress and delay your project. Remember, your initial response is often correct, so trust your gut.

When in doubt, take advice from your building company – they’ve done this many times before and have good insight into the pros and cons of each decision. So choose a team you can trust and rely on them when you’re not sure what to do. This will help you relax and focus on your vision, rather than getting bogged down in the details.

At Toro Homes, our streamlined process makes it easy for you to create your dream home. Our team of experts will guide you through every step, providing advice and answering your questions along the way. Get in touch today to take the first step towards your perfect home.


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