Building a new home is an exciting process, especially if it is your dream house that you have been working hard for. However, the excitement shouldn’t keep you from making smart decisions about your new home construction. It’s easy to make mistakes when distracted or when people don’t know what to avoid. The best thing that you can do to avoid such mistakes (that could mean costly repairs later on) is to educate yourself before construction even starts.

To give you some idea of what you should be aware of, here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when building their custom home:

Choosing Just Any Builder

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to choose a builder that is reliable and has a good reputation. Remember that your hard-earned money will be put into that home, so you must do a thorough job in selecting the team that will build your house. When screening candidates, don’t forget to ask for their portfolios and references. Check reviews on their website and on social media, where previous and present clients may be more honest about their experience with the builder.

Failing to Trust Your Chosen Builder

Once you have chosen your builder, you have to acknowledge that their team knows what they are doing. Trust them to do their job and trust their judgment, especially when it comes to materials, vendors, and subcontractors they want to work with.

The builder has built a business and has established a name in the industry, which is why you chose them in the first place. This means that they already have trusted sources, suppliers, and sub-contractors with whom they feel confident working collaboratively. As such, you must avoid micromanaging, even if it’s your home.

Being Indecisive About Things

One of the worst things you can do during the construction is to keep changing your mind about things. Remember that the workers are working on a strict timeline. They also have relationships to maintain with their suppliers, and that could be hurt if you keep changing your mind about the materials you want for your home, and they have to keep returning items. In fact, that will also cost you a lot, and that will affect the construction schedule in a big way.

Not Communicating Clearly with Your Builder

Miscommunication and the lack of communication are two grave mistakes that you must not commit because these are the roots of most problems during construction. If there’s something that you want, you must say it before the construction starts. Or, if you notice one thing that you are not happy with, point it out to the builder in a polite manner and let them address it promptly, instead of waiting until the project is almost finished.

Giving Direct Instructions to Sub-Contractors

You might feel the urge to give instructions to sub-contractors while they are doing their job. Try to avoid this because what they’re doing is exactly what the builder instructed them to do. They may not have full knowledge of the whole project, and the “small tweaks” you might ask them to do could cause confusion and delay the project or compromise the safety of the home they’re building for you!


At this point, you now know some of the most common mistakes that some homeowners make that you should absolutely avoid. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a small starter home or one of those luxury custom homes you see in magazines, as these mistakes can be costly and could disrupt the building process!

If you are ready to get your property built, trust Duke Homes to get the job done. We’re one of the best home builders in Indiana, and we have been building dream homes for our clients for over 30 years now. Contact us today to learn more about our services!