Did you know that the most common construction mistakes can result in thousands of shillings in extra costs thus making you go over budget?
Mistakes are the best way to learn. But not all mistakes are equalas some cost more than others. While you might be able to recover from a small mistake, major ones can really hurt your bottom line.
Here are 10 common construction mistakes and how to avoid them;
- Using sub-standard materials
Kenyans love to take short cuts. Most people will purchase cheap materials thus compromising on quality. This will eventually lead to cracks and faults in the house and in the worst case scenario may lead to the building collapsing as we have seen severally in Kenya.
- Doing it yourself
Kenyans are a jack of all trades. Some jobs such as construction should be left to the professionals as they understand the nitty gritty of this business.
Professionals are more reliable and consistent in their capability, experience, and expertise than amateurs. If you try to cut cost by doing it yourself , it might be expensive in the long run. If something goes wrong with the construction, it will cost you more to correct the problem
- Ignoring professional advice
Building a house is a complex and sensitive job that should be handled by a skilled professional.
Majority of people ignore expert advice when it comes to construction and when things go wrong they blame their builder .
They get stuck in endless cycles of blame, frustration and uncertainty and eventually it will cost them more money.
- Hiring the wrong contractor
Hire a contractor who has a proven track record . An inexperienced contractor can cause you a lot of headaches including time, money, and reputation .
Unscrupulous contractors will try to take advantage of any opportunity they find. That’s why it’s so important to find a reputable one that you can trust .
- Rushing the construction
People are often unaware of the dangers involved in their own construction projects and this can lead to devastating effects.
Don’t rush the construction as everything needs to dry slowly. It may be time consuming, but it is definitely worth it and it will save you lots of problems in future.