Whether you are building a new home or doing a renovation of an old house, the issue of reducing the cost of construction is very important.
Many people find themselves in a difficult financial situation or even stuck in construction due to failure to strategize to reduce construction costs.
By recognizing the importance of procrastination, and recognizing that construction is a costly endeavor; I found it best to share 10 key things to consider in order to reduce construction costs.
1. Choose the best plot
Appropriate choice of compound for construction is a very important factor. Many people find themselves falling into the high cost of construction due to poor field choices.
Imagine if you buy a plot of land that is either a stream or its soil not good; this will require you to spend more on the cost of building the compound, which would have been saved if you had made the right choice.
2. Choose a nice and easy map
It is clear that many people build houses every day, but not all build houses with the right and best maps.
Despite the fact that this issue stems from a lack of proper education on construction issues; bad maps cost a lot of people a lot and in the end don’t give them the houses they needed.
For example; maps of European houses (especially cold places) you can’t build in warmer parts of Africa. It may have been a very good map but it did have a lot of things that add up to insignificant costs. Likewise your friend’s map may not be the best for you.
So, make sure you choose a good and simple map that you will be able to execute properly without causing a huge cost burden.
3. Do enough research
Jumping around and doing something is a very serious matter. Research in terms of construction is a very important factor that will allow you to significantly reduce construction costs.
You should research the following:
- Prices for products and building materials
- The best technicians
- Excellent and reasonably priced equipment
- Modern technologies in construction, etc.
If you do a thorough investigation of the above issues as well as other related issues, you will certainly reduce construction costs that would otherwise have been lost due to lack of proper understanding.
4. Use alternative materials
Due to the advances in science and technology in the construction industry, there have been various materials and raw materials that simplify construction, saving construction costs as well as protecting the environment.
Today there are specialized wood, bricks or even tile materials that cost twice as much construction as conventional materials. If you focus on using these materials then you will be able to reduce unnecessary costs on construction.
5. Manage procurement and construction
Many people find themselves losing a lot of money on their projects, especially construction projects due to lack of good management.
I have seen people build houses by phone and end up suffering huge losses. The technician tells you to bring 10 bags of cement but only four are needed; A technician tells you he has used something but has used a weak one to get his pocket money.
It is important to make sure you manage the purchases properly as well as the overall construction and not to hand over everything to the technician.
6. Choose the correct construction season
Not every season is suitable for construction; you must choose the right season for the construction.
It is clear that summer such as heavy rainfall is not friendly to construction; this is due to the challenges of transportation of raw materials as well as the technicians’ inability to work when it rains.
This issue could create additional unexpected costs such as increased shipping costs as well as the purchase of equipment such as canvas; costs that could have been avoided if the construction season had been chosen properly.
7. Find the right technician
Today there are many technicians, but not all are excellent technicians. As a result of going out of practice or due to lack of understanding, many people have found themselves using craftsmen that result in high construction costs.
Imagine working with a technician who misses everything; it is clear that the task will be to build and demolish to correct mistakes.
This issue will cause you to spend more money for repairs; but the money you would save if you chose the best technician.
8. Do some things yourself
If you let everything in the building depending on the person in need of payment you will make yourself very expensive in your construction.
There are some things you can do for yourself or your family; factors such as preliminary preparation of the compound, drainage of the built-up area; collect pieces of stone or brick, etc.
By doing things like this or even more depending on your ability you will significantly reduce the cost of construction. Remember! Just guard against doing something that requires technical skills that you do not have as it can cause serious problems later on.
9. Reuse raw materials
There is a saying that “artisans are destroyers”; craftsmen often prefer to use the same materials regardless of the cost.
Artisans will cut new wood just to get the little piece they need than to join two pieces; they can also break bricks or cut new tin to get the piece they want rather than finding an old piece for the exact location.
Therefore, to reduce construction costs, make sure you manage the use of the remaining or already used resources. Brick pieces, stone residue, old nails, or tin pieces can be used elsewhere and save a considerable amount of money.
10. Focus on building rules
There are a number of unforeseen construction regulations that can result in significant losses or significant increases in construction costs.
Issues such as wetting of the cement, concrete mixing, construction time, etc. They are just some of the most important things.
For example if a house is not properly displayed it should experience cracks and will incur additional repair costs; for example, if a house is rebuilt faster than it should be, it will have to find various defects which will cost more money to repair.
Therefore, it is very important to comply with all basic building regulations in order to save money that would otherwise have been lost due to violations of these regulations.