10 construction mistakes Kenyans make


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;

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. Hiring the wrong contractor
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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 .

  1. 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.

  1. Never taking responsibility

Most people have no idea what they are doing when it comes to construction and when things go wrong, they blame everyone else instead of doing  a little soul searching  on their role  in creating the mess they are in.

In most cases there are no serious consequences or damage because they do not follow through and take the necessary steps to ensure a good outcome. But once work is finished then something goes wrong, the repercussions are enormous.

  1. Underestimating the cost

If you are constructing, be sure to budget for all of your materials and labour costs, as well as any unforeseen expenses or delays.

You don’t want to leave money on the table when it comes time to pay your contractor and subcontractors.

As you become familiar with your project costs, it will be easy for you to know if making adjustments is warranted or if your vision for your new home is too large for this budget.

  1. Lack of adherence to approved plans
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It required by law for one to mount a signboard at your construction project with all the construction details such name of the owner, contractor, engineer, architect, electrician and approval consent.

Most people don’t do this and they end up bribing the county officials every now and then, which will cost them more money and the end.

  1. Lack of proper communication

Communication is one of the key components in any construction project. You need to communicate clearly and in detail to your contractor the type of house you want and all the features in it to avoid ambiguity.  

Lack of communication will prevent it from being completed on time and with quality.

  1. Lack of supervision

The lack of close supervision is one of the biggest mistakes that can be made during construction.

This leaves a lot of opportunities for builders to get stuff done wrong, resulting in unnecessary waste and damaged property.

It’s important for the owner of the project to visit the worksite frequently and perform a walk-through. This minimizes any time loss due to emergency situations or unforeseen problems.

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