Building a dream house can start with much excitement and unbridled optimism but quickly turn into a nightmare.
This usually happens when the costs start spiraling out of control and you spend more than you had envisioned.
Kenyans.co.ke compile five tips to help you save cost when building your dream house.
Deciding on the kind of roofing system before you start construction can save you a lot of money in the long run.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) cautions people against choosing a fancy and complicated roofing system if they aim to save on finances.
“The roof is one of the most expensive material and labour line items when constructing a house.
“Choosing a simpler roofing system will save you a lot of money,” NAHB advises.
Most Kenyans prefer hips and valleys with a steeper pitch type of roofing system as they are considered fashionable and trendy.
If you want to save cash, you can opt for a single ridgeline with a shallow-pitch roofing system.
Reduce square footage
Many Kenyans choose a building plan that takes a huge outward space.
However, reducing the square footage of your home can dramatically reduce costs.
“Think small and cozy if you want to slash costs.
“You can also decide to build upward with a story design,” NAHB advises.
Source Materials on Your Own
Many home builders opt to buy building materials in bulk which can end up costing more money.
Home Build Concierge (HBC) explains individual sourcing of material gives you more room for bargaining.
“For items that are not purchased in bulk, you may be able to get a better deal by shopping around and asking for quotes,” HBC explains.
Use Standard Sizes
Some builders buy custom size items like windows and doors because they have been offered at cheap prices.
Family Handyman journal warns that getting custom sizes for various items can turn out to be costly.
“Oddly-sized or shaped windows and doors require customization that can drive up the overall cost of purchase and installation,” the journal highlights.
Use Certified General Contractor
One of the ways Kenyans end up using a lot of money while the building is going for cheap uncertified contractors.
Uncertified contractors will in many cases give you a wrong quotation requiring revision of the budget halfway through construction.
They can also build a faulty house which will require more costs in repair.