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In Southwest Florida, many homeowners are choosing to forgo traditional homebuying practices and the home updates and renovations that go along with that in favor of building new, custom homes.

At Gulfstream Homes, we realize that designing and building a home from scratch allows you to tailor-fit your home to your lifestyle, but the process of building a home can be as stressful as it is exciting. From beginning to end, there are dozens of details to consider and decisions to make, and we are there to help you all along the way. But there are a few tips you can follow from your end to make the process as smooth as possible

What Problems Can Happen While Building a Home? 5 Things to Avoid

As with anything, there are several things that can go wrong when building a home, but there are also ways to avoid them. Read on to learn how to avoid the following five common mistakes homeowners make when building a new home and watch your homebuilding process come to fruition with ease.

1. Choosing the Wrong Lot or Community

Unfortunately, mistakes can be made from the very start of the building process. Picking a lot that is too big or small can leave you in a tough spot and force you to make some sacrifices. Similarly, choosing a community that doesn’t complement your lifestyle could leave you feeling out of place in your own neighborhood. Southwest Florida offers a tremendous variety of communities from planned developments with a robust lifestyle to expansive acreage that is wild and free…and everything in between! Gulfstream Homes’ lot selection services will help you choose your perfect location.

2. Not Doing Enough Research

It’s important to take the time to thoroughly research every aspect of your home’s design and build to get a good idea of what you want. Gather resources, such as magazines, for inspiration, and consider going to home shows in your area to see modern design trends and construction techniques in real life.

3. Moving Too Fast

It’s understandable to want your home built as quickly as possible, but moving too fast and rushing through the design process can cause you to make costly mistakes. The last thing you want is to be unhappy with an investment as large as a brand-new home, which is why it’s so important to take your time and consider every little detail when it comes to the layout and design of your home.

4. Not Staying Organized

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and disorganized with all the overlapping tasks and deadlines that come with building a new home, so to stay organized, consider starting a home planning binder that will help you collect ideas and keep track of all the tasks that need to be completed each day. You should also keep track of all the documentation related to the building process, such as contracts and receipts.

5. Cutting Corners on Important Items

Many homeowners are tempted to cut corners to save money. It’s okay to cut some corners — such as opting for more affordable vinyl plank flooring instead of real hardwood floors — but there are some important fundamentals where you and your builder should never skimp, such as your home’s:

● Foundation


● Insulation

● Roofing

● Building supplies

● Electrical systems

When you build with Gulfstream Homes, you can rest assured that the highest quality materials and workmanship go into every part of your home from the ground up, even if it’s something you’ll likely never see. You can be sure that your home is built to last.

Count on the Experts

Now that you know what problems can happen while building a home, you also know how important it is to work with an experienced team of home builders. At Gulfstream Homes, we take every measure necessary to ensure your custom home is built to your specifications and with the utmost quality. Contact us today to learn more about our custom homes near you.