4 Common Home Construction Problems and How to Avoid Them

November 7, 2019

The prospect of building your own home or embarking on a major home renovation project you’ve been planning for years is exciting. However, before moving forward, it’s useful to know the possible pitfalls that come with these. This way, you can maximize the construction services of your building partner whilst minimizing any issues that may arise.

Read on for four common construction problems and solutions to avoid them.

1. Construction mistakes

Sometimes a subcontractor or a carpenter might think that they have a better or more efficient way of executing a part of the plan that you might like. However, doing so would mean deviating from the agreed-upon blueprint. Moreover, it’s not absolutely certain that the change would be something you’d approve.

Solution: If the “improvement” has already been implemented, and seems reasonable, think it over and you may even end up liking it. If you don’t like it, then get it fixed since it may require a simple, easy fix. You can also negotiate reasonable terms if you reluctantly accept the change, such as a free built-in bookcase in the study. Your last resort would be to have the change torn down and rebuilt according to plan.

2. Problems with custom orders

You ordered custom materials, but when the items arrive, they are cut incorrectly or flawed, so they can’t be used as they are.

Solution: First, find out who’s at fault. Refer to the material specifications you agreed upon with your contractor and compare it with what they ordered from the supplier. If the orders are correct, the supplier would be the one at fault. If you ask for replacements, it may take time and push back the construction schedule. You can also check with your contractor if they can get the items altered so they’re usable. If so, you can simply ask for a discount or fair compensation from the supplier. If the builder is at fault, again, this can be a good opportunity to negotiate.

3. Confusion over the project blueprint

If the project has been on the table for months or even years, it could happen that subcontractors end up with an old set of blueprints or not the latest ones. If some work has already been or is being done based on older blueprints, this can mean project delays and extra costs.

Solution: Make sure to date all plans, even when only small modifications are made. Before commencing on any construction work, ensure all subcontractors are referring to the most current or updated plans. Take note of the date on the final set of blueprints that accompany the construction agreement, and have all subcontractors crosscheck theirs against this to ensure you’re all on the same page – or blueprint, that is.

4. Construction delays

During house construction or a major home renovation, you may find yourself having to rent a temporary house elsewhere with your family. However, you need to be able to guarantee that the building work stays on schedule.

Solution: Your building contract should come with a production schedule that’s mutually agreeable for you and your contractor. Ask for a detailed project schedule showing blocks of time allocated for each task. Although it’s still not a guarantee that there won’t be any delays, you’ll have a good basis for monitoring work progress. More importantly, keep communication lines open between you, your contractor, and project manager. There are several acceptable reasons why delays can happen, but ask to be informed immediately so that if any problem comes up, it can be resolved easily.

Problems are bound to crop up in any work scenario, including construction work.

Safeguard your project by taking the above precautions and ensuring you avail of construction services from reputable, professional building construction companies.