If you have ever built a house, then you know it is a lot of work. You are making tons of decisions on a daily basis. After building our home, we have had time to really sit down and think about things that we would have done different and things that we will do differently should we ever build again. Here are our top 4 regrets after building our first home.
Settling For Things
We worked with a builder who just gave us a budget for everything and we could pick whatever we wanted from anywhere. For the most part, we were able to get exactly what we wanted with a few minor hiccups. One of the biggest regrets I have after building our first home is that we did not spend enough time really looking for certain aspects of our home. A few of these things include door handles and drawer pulls.
When you know that you are planning on building a home, start looking at the little things now. In our experience, our builder would say he needed something by a certain date, so you can never start too early. Have links, pictures, whatever you can find ready to send to them.
Rushing Through the Process
For a lot of people, building a home is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is a huge investment that takes a tremendous amount of time. Also, you are going to be living there, so you have to look at your choices. Take your time and really enjoy the moment. Neither of us found the process too stressful, but we were so anxious to move that it ruined the last few months.
Not Having Enough Inspiration
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, but I was not ready! One of the biggest regrets I have about building our first home is that I was more a “go with the flow” kinda gal as opposed to knowing what I wanted every inch of the house to look at.
Pull up that Pinterest board and share your ideas with your builder. They can usually tell you if they can do something similar, if it is a logical build, and if it is in your price range. There are a lot of features that I wish we had for the house that I just did not think were possible. If I had a clearer vision for our house, those could have been incorporated.
Not Taking My Style into Consideration
Here is a common mistake! You think your house is a blank slate! The truth is, your style is reflected in even the little things. I wanted the house to look beautiful, which it does. If you took away all of our furniture, would it still look like our house? Maybe not. Don’t be afraid to do interesting and unique things in your home. Add in the character that you have. Don’t worry about the resell value! If you want to see our house progress, follow me over on Instagram!