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Stick-Built Construction: Errors to Avoid

by Vincent Zhang 06/13/2022

Having a stick-built home constructed provides you with a whole new house to move into that has the features and design you want. While these homes offer several benefits over purchasing existing homes, it’s important to make sure the stick-built home construction process is done right. Otherwise, you could end with regrets about your new home in terms of design, cost, quality or other factors. Avoid making the following mistakes when you have a new stick-built home constructed.

Choosing Cost Over Location

You should stick to your budget, so that you don’t overextend yourself financially. However, make sure you’re not settling for a less-than-ideal location in order to do so. You might save money going with a less expensive location, but you could end up missing out on important factors, such as having amenities and high-rated schools or having easy access to major roadways for your daily commute to and from work. Choose a location that works best for your situation while also staying within your budget.

Saving Some Decisions for Later or Changing Your Mind

Having a stick-built home constructed often means that you have a lot of options for customization. This means you’ll also have a lot of decisions to make about the way you want your home designed. Failing to make these decisions before construction starts can lead to potentially lengthy delays during the building process. Changing your mind about certain designs or features can also delay construction on your new home. You should aim to make all decisions before your new stick-built house starts production, and try to avoid asking for changes or modifications during construction.

Not Planning Enough Financially

When you have a stick-built home constructed, you shouldn’t assume that everything will go smoothly. Issues can come up throughout the building process, which can lead to unexpected expenses. When you don’t plan for these expenses, you might have to make decisions you’re not happy with, such as leaving out certain custom features that end up being more costly than you expected. You should set aside contingency funds for your new house to cover expenses that might come up. This might range from 10 to 20 percent of your budget for a new home.

Bringing in New Professionals After the Design Process

Stick-built construction involves working with a whole team in order to come up with the design you want for your home. For example, you might work with an architect, construction crew and interior designers to get the home you want. Make sure your whole team is gathered during the design phase to avoid complications or issues later on. Bringing in interior designers after going through the design phase with your architect and builder, for example, could lead to delays and other issues. It’s important for all professionals involved to agree from the start.

Hurrying Through the Planning Process

While you might be eager to have your new home built, don’t rush through the planning process. You should take your time going over your design options and choosing the custom features you want. This helps ensure you end up with the right layout, floor plan and features for your new home based on your preferences.

About the Author

Vincent Zhang

I am a real estate broker, property manager, and investor, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To each client, I bring close to a decade of experience in real estate, first as a real estate investor, then manager, and now love to share my experience and knowledge with property buyers and sellers as a real estate broker. Since attending the University of Michigan in 2005, I have lived in Ann Arbor ever since. My exceptional knowledge of the market as an investor and property manager provides a unique perspective and competitive advantage to my clients for selling and buying both residential and investment properties.

I have successfully managed investment properties in Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo and have conducted real estate transactions throughout southeast Michigan. Whether clients are looking for their first home, vacation homes, or the home of their dreams, I will be able to stay on top of the process, remove obstacles and make the real estate deals as pleasurable as possible. I enjoy working with people and finding ways to share a laugh or two in the process. I take pride in being available to my clients and being responsive to their needs.

In addition to my residential property expertise, and my multicultural background, I am capable of working with international investors and home buyers to make their international property purchases smoother and trouble-free. If you are interested in the acquisition of investment homes for your children while they attend the University of Michigan, as a property manager, investor, and broker, I will be able to help you make that reality come true.

I graduated from the University of Michigan and own and operate several businesses in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In addition to my real estate experience, I am also a technology enthusiast and am always on the hunt to use technology and media to enhance the buying and selling experience. 

If you are looking to make your first home purchase, or are trying to sell your home, give me a call and I can guide you through the services that I can offer you to help you start along the journey. I take great pride in my work and it would be an honor for me to represent you and your needs.

Yours truly, Vincent Zhang