Monday, January 28, 2013

Homes in Ghana: Should You Buy or Build?

Ghana is a country with a booming economy. Although Ghana has not gained tremendous international press, the numbers speak for themselves. According to the CIA World Fact Book, Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product has grown almost exponentially in recent years. It grew by an estimated 4% in 2009 and shot up to a whopping estimated 14.4% in 2011. The housing market in Ghana is currently ideal, but you have to act fast.

Pros and cons of buying

The biggest pro when buying a house is that the house is already there. You might not get exactly what you want, but you won’t have much hassle either. One of the biggest cons of buying a home is the price. In addition, older homes can have costly repairs whereas major repairs are much less likely to be needed in a new home. Nevertheless, ask for a warranty when buying a new.

Pros and cons of building

Many things can go wrong when building a home. Some general contractors can be inexperienced, unreliable, or cut corners to save money. However, a quality company that has built hundreds of homes in Ghana knows what is going on. Often, single family homes are custom built according to International Building Code (IBC) regulations within a few months at most.

Ghana Homes Group is one of the best companies to design your home and help build to suit. Ghana Homes Group is a reputable design and build firm with established business relationships in the area. Instead of blindly choosing someone to design and construct a home, choose a firm that has a proven track record of success in architectural design. The largest problems with building a new home almost always involve the general contractor or design and build firm chosen.

You usually cannot be physically present during the entire building process when building a home in Ghana while living abroad. When building your customized dream home, you need to work with a firm you can trust. Never walk into a nightmare. Be confident in every aspect of building your home from the price estimate to the color of your new countertops.

What’s your experience? Did you buy or build your home in Ghana? Leave your comment below.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Building a Home in Ghana? 7 Warning Signs That You Chose the Wrong Contractor

Choosing a contractor to build a new home in Ghana can be a difficult task. There are a variety of slick-talking people who you may have confidence in during the initial stages of the process, but often turn out to be better con-artists rather than contractors. Sound familiar? Following are 7 warning signs that you chose the wrong contractor.

1. The deal sounded too good to be true. As with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

2. The project is behind schedule and over budget. Many contractors promise unrealistic timelines to get a job, then under-deliver on those timelines. If you are making a lot of changes during the construction process, this can legitimately cause setbacks and overages; otherwise, you should find a new contractor.

3. The contractor is overcharging for materials. You should always ask to verify receipts for material purchases throughout the process to ensure that you aren’t being overcharged. Better yet, get a “written-in-stone” quote. With a full house plan, most contractors can give a final quote based on a bill of quantity.

4. You suspect he is using stolen goods. If your contractor tries to convince you to use different building materials than originally agreed upon, saying things like the materials were “left over from another job,” this is a pretty good indication that he is using stolen goods.

5. He did not ask for the proper permits. It is important that your home is up to code. Different municipalities have different building codes—and for good reasons. If your contractor did not ask for a building permit or refuses to comply with the permit process it usually means that he is taking shortcuts on the quality of the craftsmanship and your home may even be unsafe or be demolished by the city authorities.

6. If he tries to pay off authorities during inspections. This is a tell-tale sign that you have hired the wrong contractor. It usually means that he does not have the proper credentials or has violated the building code and process with the city in the past and is on probation or just doesn’t want them to uncover his shoddy work.

7. You simply don’t trust him. Never underestimate your own intuitions. If you feel uncomfortable with your contractor, there is probably a good reason why.
If you feel that you have chosen the wrong contractor, don’t despair. Ghana Homes Group has a long standing reputation for reliability and can help you. They have knowledge and expertise to guide you through the home building process with honesty, ease and understanding.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Homes in Ghana: How Strong is Your House Foundation?

Steps To Building A Solid Foundation

Homes in Ghana: How Strong is Your House Foundation?

Every good house begins with a good foundation. A foundation that has been laid with care will last for generations. When building a new house in Ghana, it’s important to work with experienced construction firms with an established track record. The implementation of best practices throughout the construction process will help ensure that your home is given a strong foundation.

The Basics of a Strong Foundation

A well-built house foundation begins with a thorough soil evaluation. The information gained from a soil evaluation tells the construction company what type of foundation can be safely built.  Some soil types are likely to shift and must be shored up before construction can begin. 

Once the soil evaluation data has been collected and analyzed, the land must be prepared.  It has to be graded correctly, the method of which depends somewhat on the type of soil present on the property.  Correct methods of soil preparation and grading will give the concrete foundation a level surface and will promote moisture drainage.

Guarding Against Moisture

Moisture and drainage are particular concerns of homeowners. The moisture naturally present in the soil can seriously impact the strength of a home’s foundation. This happens because water weakens building materials, leading to mold and rot. Temperatures also can impact the foundation, gradually cracking concrete foundations. This kind of damage can be prevented by the presence of vapor barriers. The initial barriers are usually placed during the grading stage; other barriers are placed as the rest of the foundation is built.

Judging the Strength of a Foundation

To get an idea of how secure a house’s foundation actually is, it’s best to consult an engineer or surveyor. They can personally inspect a home’s foundation to see if it was built according to code. They can also examine the records to review the findings of the soil evaluation and check to see if the moisture barriers have been correctly placed.

To keep your house foundation strong, you’ll need to inspect it on a regular basis. Once a year, check for cracks, chips, or crumbling concrete. If you spot any mold or rot, have it treated right away. Even the most solidly-built foundation can become weak as a result of neglect.

If a house’s foundation has been correctly built and maintained, it will remain strong for a long time.  Before committing to build your own home, purchase a custom-built home or doing it yourself, talk with an expert from Ghana Home Group.  Ghana Homes group, with its reliable and trustworthy construction companies will partner with you to build a strong and lasting home or foundation.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

4 Simple Ways to Build Your Dream Home in Ghana

4 Simple Ways to Build Your Dream Home in Ghana this Year. Each New Year offers a great time for setting goals for our lives, and opting to make constructive changes. It’s also the perfect time for igniting dreams or even for continuing what was not completed the previous year.

This new year, Ghana Homes is ready to help you build your dream home, whether in phases or at a go. We are offering several plans and options to help build your dream home that includes options for building of the entire house, building of just the foundation, the roofing, windows or just management of your construction work with our experienced engineers, architects and project managers. This means that if your funds are sufficient only for the foundation, we will build just the foundation until you have additional funds to continue. You can then continue the rest of the construction yourself or you can come back to us to continue. The bottom-line is, you have several options to get started on building your dream home this year.

Here are the 4 simple steps to help you get started:

  • Finalize a House Plan
    • Go to Ghana House Plans and select a House Plan (We do customization. Additional fee applies.)
    • Contact us for help with selecting a House Plan and discuss any customization needs.
  • Order a Bill of Quantity
    • After your House Plan is finalized, our Quantity Surveyors (QS) will develop a customized bill of quantity detailing construction cost (Additional fee applies).
  • Obtain a permit to build the house
  • Begin the foundation construction
    • Build the entire house if funds are available. If not, let us build just the foundation and continue when funds become available
We look forward to working with you for a prosperous and fulfilling year. Click here to contact Ghana Homes and let the dream of owning your own home begin to materialize!

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