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Building a custom home or multi-unit development is one of the most exciting projects you will undertake in your lifetime, but it’s naive to believe it’s all smooth sailing. For some, the process can be incredibly daunting, and more often than not simple errors or rushed decisions can result in major setbacks.

By thoroughly researching and planning prior to the commencement of your build, there’s less opportunity for common mistakes to arise, which can cost you money, headaches and ultimately extend the waiting period for the completion of your project.

Considering the huge financial and emotional investment of building, we’ve compiled a list of three common building mistakes and how you can avoid them, to ensure your build is as stress-free as possible.

Mistake #1: Choosing The Wrong Builder

The main factor that will determine the success of your build is the builder you choose to work with. It’s vital that you conduct in-depth research before you commit to working with anyone, as this is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Choosing the wrong builder may result in budget blowout, a lower-quality end product and various fixups down the tracks.

How To Avoid This

In order to conduct this sufficient research, we recommend:

  • Researching a builder’s reputation
  • Browsing their past projects
  • Speaking to past clients
  • Comparing several building quotes
  • Asking for referrals
  • Reading online reviews

By finding out this information, you’ll gain an insight into the work style of the builder, their level of communication, the quality of work they provide, the integrity of the team and much more.

Mistake #2: Underestimating The Cost

Although incredibly exciting, the thought of having complete creative control when building can be daunting, especially financially.

One of the biggest problems clients face is that until they receive the building quotes, they don’t know how much their build will actually cost, other than their architect or building designer’s original estimate.

It’s not uncommon for the building quotes come in well above the client’s budget, but by then it is too late – they have paid a lot of money for a set of plans and documents that they cannot afford to build. This sets off conflict and stress even before the job starts.

How To Avoid This

Working with a builder who offers a Design + Build service is a great way to avoid budget blowout, as it utilises a single contract for both design and construction responsibilities, meaning you’ll have one point of contract throughout the entire project.

While architects and building designers are experts in design, they generally don’t have access to construction costs on a day-to-day basis, which can make it hard for them to craft your home or unit development within budget.

By engaging a single team early on to look after both the design and build of your project, you’re more likely to come away with realistic, budget-friendly building plans.

Mistake #3: Not Considering The Needs of Your Lifestyle

It’s incredibly easy to get carried away when designing your project, but it’s important to remember – it needs to be practical and functional for everyday life. One of the biggest mistakes people can make is choosing a design that isn’t functional or practical.

That’s why it’s imperative that you reflect on your day-to-day life and think about what amenities and requirements your project will need. If you’re building an investment property, put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer and consider what’s important to them.

How To Avoid This

Working with a builder who has a selections studio is a great way for you to select products and materials that suit you best, in person.

At RODA, we have a comprehensive selection that makes customising your home a breeze. Our unique Selection Studio is home to the very best range of products and materials including tiles, benchtops, colours and more, available for you to explore and consider at ease.

Our expert on-site Colour Consultant can guide you through your selection journey, offering advice where necessary, to help you make the perfect selections for your project.


If you’re looking to work with a knowledgeable team that pride themselves on delivering personalised client service, integrity, and high-quality workmanship, get in touch with RODA today.

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