There are many potential issues that can arise when building your own custom home. If the proper planning and contingencies are not in place the pitfalls of building a custom home can make the process frustrating and lead the end result to be a complete deviation from the original plan. To avoid running into these pitfalls, you should familiarize yourself with the most common mistakes associated with building a custom home, prior to getting started. Understanding these issues will help save you resources, time, money, and headaches.

Below you will find a list of  5 common mistakes to avoid when building a custom home.

Poor Planning

Building your dream home can be an emotional experience, however, emotions will need to be put to the side when planning for your custom home. A list of needs and wants need to be incorporated into the plan to ensure your new home can accommodate your family’s current lifestyle and any changes to this lifestyle in the future. For example, if you work from a home office full-time or even just sometimes, a good plan should consider optimizing the entire house for residential and work purposes. You don’t want people disturbing you while working, and do not want to disturb those in the house with your work.

Hiring the Wrong Custom Home Builder

When hiring a custom home builder, experience and competence should be considered first.

These qualities always assure homeowners of a well-built custom home. Nevertheless, some

homeowners ignore this tip and go for inexperienced builders because they came in at a lower price for the project. Price is important, but in the long run, you may end up spending more money and time on future repairs or updates. Partnering with an experienced custom home builder will provide you with the peace of mind that your dream house will be built to your expectations, and that you won’t need to compromise on your dream due to issues that are not able to be corrected.

Wrong Property Location

A major mistake most homeowners make when choosing the location for their new home is

putting price over amenities and accessibility. Again, price is important, you do not want to overextend yourself financially, but buying a property that is not in the vicinity of the neighbourhood or even in the city where you work or spend time with family will bring discomfort, and reduce the overall level of enjoyment your new home would bring. To ensure you consider your custom home, your dream home choose a location that meets your needs.


Yes, a custom home is meant to be built to your taste, however, customizing every aspect of the home can increase the cost, increase the time needed to build, and could limit the resale value of your home in the future, as potential buyers may not have the same taste in design.

Failing To Inspect Your Home

A home inspection is the most important part of building a custom home, and we are not just referring to safety and standards. You should schedule periodic inspections of your home so that you can make sure everything is being built to your taste. If there is an issue, it is a lot easier to correct it while the home is still being built versus after completed.