Tips for building home to a budget | How to control house construction cost in Pakistan?
Majority of Pakistanis love to build own homes, as this helps them to build homes according to their requirements. But very few people can build home to a budget, as construction cost exceeds in most cases. Home construction cost normally exceeds due to unawareness of construction process and ways to save money. This article is a guideline for those people, who want to build own home to a budget in Pakistan.
Build simple and modern homes
Modern houses with straight line elevations and simple features cost less to build. Whereas, traditional house designs with arches and domes cost more to build, as labor cost and material wastage increases. You should ask your architect to design simple and modern house as they cost less to build. Modern homes sell like hot cakes, as most people like modern homes than traditional ones.
Select local building material suppliers
Transportation cost is a major factor in the overall cost of home construction. Building materials supplied from far away cost more as transportation cost increases with the distance. Therefore to build a home on budget, you should select the local building material suppliers as they will transport the construction materials on normal rates.
Select normal finishes for your home
Choice of finishes you choose for your home also matters. Home finishes have lot of price variation. You can choose normal finishes than luxury or very expensive finishes. Expensive finishes and fixtures you choose will increase the cost of construction. This is recommended that you just buy the average price finishes for your home.
Select finishes and fixtures after thorough market search
Cost of finishing material has lot of variation due to the large margins. Many sellers sell their products on high rate, whereas others sell on normal rates. Therefore finishing materials like bathroom & kitchen tiles, bathroom & kitchen fixtures, marble, tiles, door handles etc. should be bought after thorough market research to build your home on budget.
Control the damage cost
Normally lot of building & finishing material is wasted by the labor during construction of a home. This wastage is normally due to the careless handling of construction material on the site. This wastage of construction material increases the overall construction cost of home. Normally 15% material is wasted on site which is known as damage cost. This damage cost can be controlled by encouraging the labor to carefully handle the materials.
Never start construction work in rainy season
July and August are the rainy months in Pakistan. You should avoid staring the construction of home in these months. Many hazards have been recorded during the rainy seasons like collapse of walls as foundations never gain full strength. Pace of construction work is also affected as we cannot plaster outer walls due to rain. Construction materials become expensive in rainy season due to transportation issues. Therefore, home construction should not be started in the rainy season as it increases the construction cost.