Monday, May 20, 2013

The Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Home in Ghana

One of the first of many decisions you will be faced with when building a new home in Ghana is whether to do it yourself or hire a general contractor. There are advantages—as well as disadvantages—of doing either. Here are some things that you will want to consider.

Acting As Your Own General Contractor

  • Potential to save a substantial amount of money.
  • Ability to customize your home exactly how you want it, making changes as you go.
  • Working at your own pace, without being at the mercy of a contractor’s schedule.
  • Time and labor intensive.
  • No warranty on workmanship.
  • Taking too much time or building incrementally can sacrifice the quality of building materials, making the home unsafe even before it is completed.
  • Can actually be more expensive if you don’t already have the necessary tools or you make costly mistakes.

Hiring A Professional Contractor

  • Familiar with the latest changes to building codes.
  • Take care of tedious tasks such as clearing the land title and obtaining permits.
  • Have the latest tools and technologies at their disposal.
  • May have insight to improve your floor plan or the building process.
  • Resolve disputes between suppliers, subcontractors, etc.
  • High cost of labor.
  • Can be harder to make changes during the construction process.
  • Not all contractors are honest; some might overcharge for materials, or use stolen materials, etc.

Final Decision

Ultimately, your decision will be based on your budget as well as your comfort and experience level with the construction process. Most people find that it is worth it to spend the extra money and hire a general contractor. When you hire a professional you are paying for a lot more than just a house: the ability to anticipate and resolve problems, years of experience and competency.

The quality of the finished product will typically surpass anything that you can do by yourself. Best of all, the responsibility for the entire job lies on the contractor’s shoulders—not yours. If the home doesn’t meet your specifications, you can withhold the final payment until it does. If a problem arises after the completion of the project, the contractor will be responsible during the warranty phase and the Ghana contractor will repair such problems.

Do You Need a Builder or a Contractor in Ghana?

Let Ghana Homes build your dreams home at a price you can afford: a custom home that fits your style, on your own land or ours with these three simple steps:
  1. Select and finalize a House Plan here (we can customize as needed)
  2. Work with Ghana Homes to get a bill of quantity (pricing)
  3. Sign a contract to secure price
  4. Make the require down payment (or with a pay as you build plan)
  5. We begin construction
Contact Ghana Homes today for a personal consultation.

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