Skip to content

Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Home

When it comes to building a home, there are certain mistakes that you want to avoid. These mistakes are often made by first time home builders, and unless they are aware of them beforehand, it can cost them thousands of dollars and even prevent them from finishing the home that they are building. Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes that homebuilders make.

Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Home in Omaha

Choose Your Lot Carefully

The first thing that you want to do is make sure that you select your land carefully. If you already own your land, then there is not much to discuss here, but if you have not yet selected the lot the you’re going to build your home on, then you should keep in mind that there are things that you should evaluate before purchasing one. One of the first things that you can do is not settle on a lot. Many times, people do this because it is the only one left in a particular subdivision or neighborhood that they want to live in. However, there are a lot of other factors to consider including size, shape, view, surrounding traffic and more.

Do an Inspection

You definitely need to do a home inspection. Just having a warranty is not a substitute for an inspection. You need to have an unbiased, third-party and licensed inspector come out and take a look at your home before you move in. If you don’t, then you may encounter problems that are going to be your own problems to deal with down the road rather than forcing your contractor to fix them before you move into the home.

Think for the Long Term

If you are planning on spending the rest of your life in this home, then you definitely need to think for the long-term. That means that you want to make sure that you are able to get in and out of the home at an advanced stage. You may need to include wheelchair ramps, stair lifts or other such features in your home if you are building it after the age of 40 and you only have a couple of decades left before retirement.

Anticipate Delays

There are going to be delays with your home building. That is just a fact of the building process. You have to prepare for those delays and be ready for them, and even factor them into your building budget. You also want to take a close look at the weather and determine whether or not the delays are going to have an impact on your building. There also may be delays due to red tape and various other concerns.


The bottom line is that there is a lot to consider when choosing between building and buying a home. But as long as you avoid these basic mistakes, you will have a lot more control when it comes to building the home of your dreams. These are common mistakes that people make every year when choosing to build their own home, but you do not have to make them yourself.

Graves Development Resources | Land Developer in Omaha, Nebraska

Graves Development Resources (GDR) has been designing and building the market’s finest neighborhoods since 2000, with over 5,000 home sites and important commercial development projects throughout Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

Our pages showcase current neighborhoods where new home buyers may select from hundreds of home sites. We are definitely “phone friendly” and welcome the opportunity to provide you all the information you need before making one of the most important decisions of your family’s future. Contact us for any questions.

Published inBridgeportSpringfield Pines