Two reasons why it's important not to cut corners when building a house

10 April 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Building a house can be incredibly expensive; as such, you may find yourself tempted to cut corners here and there, in order to save a bit of money. However, this is not a good idea. Read on to find out why.

You may not be able to get the property certified

At the beginning of your construction project, you will need to hire one of your local certifiers. It will be their job to closely monitor your construction activities and to notify you if they discover that any of the work is not being done in accordance with the relevant building regulations or codes.

If you choose not to take their recommendations on board because you don't want to spend any extra money on the property, they may, at the end of the construction project, inform you that the structure does not meet their standards, and that as a result of this, they cannot issue the certificate that you need to confirm that the house is safe to reside in.

In this situation, you would probably need to extend the length of your construction project in order to make the required changes so that you can obtain the certificate. This could be both expensive and extremely time-consuming.

It could end up costing you a lot more in the long run

Some of the things that you might choose to do in order to reduce the cost of your construction project could actually result in you incurring significant expenses in the future.

For example, if instead of hiring an experienced, qualified plumber to install the house's plumbing system, you attempt to carry out this job yourself in order to save some money, you could end up inadvertently inflicting serious damage on the property.

You might, for instance, fail to properly tighten or seal some of the plumbing pipes. This could result in water dripping from the pipes onto the house's timber framework. This, in turn, could lead to the development of a wood-decay fungus on the timber, which could then result in the framework weakening to the point where the entire house develops major structural problems.

The cost of repairing this type of damage would be far higher than the cost of hiring a professional plumber to do the plumbing work properly in the first place.

Similarly, if you decide to opt for extremely cheap, low-quality flooring materials, you may find that these deteriorate rapidly when they are exposed to regular foot traffic. In this situation, you would probably end up having to replace the flooring just a few months after fitting it.