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Last edited 25 Oct 2021
10 Basic tips to note when building your first home
Before building your first home it is advisable to put into consideration the following tips.
- == The land you are about to build on. ==
Base on experience many individual have fall victims of acquiring land that is not legit, only for them to discover that the land they want to build on is in dispute. This is a common mistake in Nigeria and most time it discourages people from acquiring land for building purpose.
Before you make payment for your land always ensure that the land in question is not in dispute. You can do this by involving a third person outside the agent and the land owner to investigate the legitimacy of the land.
if you are still not satisfy you can offer to pay part of the money and commence work at the site and make the remaining payment after a month if no one interfere with the work process. Avoid the mistake of preparing your floor plan when you are not really sure of the land.
Avoid using road side survey because there this tendency that your land might not be register with the appropriate authority. Take time to protect your site to avoid someone encroaching or reselling of the land.
- == The floor plan ==
The floor plan is the number three consideration when planning your first home. Most people find it to be a waste of resources contacting an architect to design an ideal floor plan for them. They prefer to give it to an unprofessional person; sometime they do the draft them self. Remember the cost of correcting a mistake on the floor plan after the erection of building is always higher than the initial cost of plan.
Make sure you check and understand the position of your windows, doors, electronics, rooms, kitchen and others relevant features in the floor plan before the site work. Your architect will be of great help in achieving best result.
- == Understanding the cost estimate of the building ==
In Africa today most people carry out a building project without actually knowing the estimated cost of the project. This is a very common practice but the problem with it is that you might end up not completing the project.
It will be a wise decision if you can pay for the services of a quantity surveyor to give you an estimate of the building or better still your can contact me for that information or ask your builder or engineer to provide you information about the numbers of blocks, sand and chippings that will be required for the project.
- == The building process ==
The site work is the practical aspect of the building projects and it involves a lot of technicalities. Be sure to employ the service of an engineer or a builder depending on the complexity of the floor plan.
Avoid the use of Manson because most mason don’t really follow specify details of the floor plan. Remember to provide provision for storage hall and others working materials like water tank, generator wheel barrow, shovels and head pans.
Avoid the idea of buying materials without following the engineer's advice, you might end up buying substandard materials or even placing them in a wrong location that may affect the actual position of the building and this will lead you to extra cost.
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