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Some Do’s and Don’ts When Building
A Paragon Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014 10:22 AM

There are some Do’s and Don’ts when you are building your home or even doing a remodel. I thought I would pass on these tidbits.

We’ll start with the Don’t list. These are either if you plan on living in a home you are building or building to sell.

Never put carpet in a bathroom. Why? Carpet retains odors. This is a wet area and tends to get wet from the bathtub, shower, and toilet area. Moisture also can be a major problem in keeping the carpet damp. This can even lead to mold. If you are using some cheaper wooden flooring in wet areas, it will buckle, so check the materials.

It’s also not a good idea to use different color carpets in each room, especially if you are going to sell. You can bet buyers will ask for a carpet allowance.

Never paint with bright colors if you are going to sell your home, inside or outside.

Don’t build your home with too many levels. While it might be nice, many people don’t like them. Two levels are normally the maximum, and maybe a third.

If building, don’t build an adobe home in a historically known subdivision, follow the normal construction patterns.

Don’t build porches too far off the ground without proper railing. Not only is this dangerous, but if you go to sell, this will be written up on the inspection report with a possible need to fix or credit.

Don’t vent exhaust fans and gas heaters into the attic, vent them outside the roof. If gas, this can put off carbon monoxide.

On the Do list, consider some of these items. Use neutral colors when building to sell, both inside and outside.

Build simple floor plans that fit many age ranges if you are doing a spec house.

If building, consider making your home handicap accessible throughout the doorways especially. You never know if you might need bigger doors for a wheelchair if you break a leg.

Build to fit the area, meaning country style if that is what the area has. Some subdivisions have restrictions on what to build or materials to use.

Use some energy efficient materials, they normally help with utility cost and you might get some breaks. An example would be Low E windows, these reflects heat, while allowing light to pass through.

If building, make sure you get everything in writing from your builder, including a detailed bid, spec sheet, timeline, and warranty of their work. Personally, we even give a notarized letter indicating all bills have been paid for our protection and yours.

If building, look at the land where you want to build. Slopeage might play a big part in the location you picked. If so, it could cost you a lot more to build. As always, get references on the builder or contractor you are using. Have a budget on all home remodels or new homes that you want to do.

There are lots more Do’s and Don’ts, but these stick out. The best thing to do is to sit down with a contractor and go over all your ideas. Don’t get upset if they point out some of the things that might not be a good idea. Normally, they’ve either had to fix them or seen issues due to them before. Call your local builder to review your new home or remodel ideas.

For ALL Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at (830) 833-4249 / (713)818-6658 or

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