Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The 10 Commandments of Building a Home in Ghana

While these rules for building a new home are not carved in stone, they should be taken just as seriously. Following them will make the building process more efficient, less stressful and overall more divine.

1) Obtain building permits.

The purpose of building permits in not to make it harder or more expensive to build a new home in Ghana; rather, it is to ensure the strength and safety of the structure.

2) Allow plenty of time.

Clearing the land title and obtaining a building permit can take as long as 3 months—sometimes longer. Start the process early so you are not rushed.

3) Honor your contract.

Read your contract thoroughly and asking questions to make sure you understand it.

4) Remember your budget and be faithful to it.

It can be all too easy to go over budget during the building process by changing materials and adding features. Changes will not only cost you money, but also valuable time.

5) Put changes in writing.

If you do make any changes during the construction process, be sure that the specifics are put in writing, including the cost.

6) Do Not Compare with Your neighbor’s house.

You should build a home to fit your own lifestyle and needs, not to outdo your neighbor. Overbuilding in a neighborhood can also have a negative impact on your property value.

7) Hire professionals.

Building a new home in Ghana requires expertise of the area, the government and its building laws. Professionals such as Ghana Homes Group can help you every step of the way—from choosing the location, house plans, to clearing the legalities to creating the floor plan.

8) Remember to check references.

Just because a builder claims to be a professional doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. Ask for customer references.

9) Consider security.

Your home should include safety features such as a tall wall, a gate and a security system to protect members of your household.

10) Perform an inspection.

It is always a good idea to walk through the home prior to closing—or better yet, hire a professional home inspector. Take your contract to make sure everything is completed as agreed. If not, you should postpone the closing until the home meets your expectations.

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