Building A House: What You Need To Know Before Starting

Saying there’s a lot that goes into building a home is an understatement. In this article, we will go over the many factors you need to consider before you even begin building a home.

You Need A Reliable Contractor

Ok, let’s break down the first and most important factor in a new home construction. Without a reliable contractor, your foundation will crumble. When we say “a reliable contractor”, we mean a company that charges a fair price and does what they say they’re going to.

So, what else makes a good contractor?

  • Resources: Great contractors have resources to help speed projects like subcontractors. Another valuable resource is knowledge of the industry, city, and building experience.
  • Knowledge: Piggybacking on the last point, contractors need both old school knowledge and new school one. Construction changes fast, so you don’t want to end up paying a contractor to catch up on the latest advances.
  • Detailed: We oversee every aspect of a new construction so that every piece of your new home is in harmony with the others.

If you’re looking for a reliable contractor, you’ve already found one in Bela Development.

Evaluate Your Budget

The average person isn’t apt to handle a construction project because of the difficulties of budgeting. With hundreds of moving pieces, it takes an experienced contractor to manage finishing on time and on budget. There are many hidden costs of new construction and you need someone to help you avoid or minimize them.

Before you even hire a contractor, you should have a firm idea of what you can afford to spend. A good contractor will help you connect the dots afterwards. Negotiating new construction upgrades can make the timeline and budget of your project skyrocket. So leave a little bit of wiggle room to account for the possibility that your actual budget may end up being more than the initial estimates.

The Order Of Construction

When do you install plumbing? When do you order inspections to keep the project on track? When do you install low voltage wiring, and who do you hire to do that? These are all questions you’ll need to answer before starting your construction project. Luckily, there’s a general template to what order you build a home.


A new home build in LA is an exceptionally complex process. You’re required to submit architectural and engineered plans to the city to obtain building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits before you can even begin construction.

This is why it’s important to hire contractors who can offer sound guidance. Building and planning departments set harsh standards to ensure homeowner safety during and after construction so it’s better to ask for permission than forgiveness.


Materials and permits are the top reasons that construction projects get delayed. Without a dedicated team on your site to order, inspect, warehouse, and coordinate the delivery of your materials, you’ll spend a lot of time waiting. The more time you spend waiting, the more time you have to live out in a hotel, pay for land you’re not living on, and delay your happy life.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there’s a lot you need to worry about when building a new home. When you work with an experienced contractor like Bela Development, 99% of these issues are out of your hands. If you’re looking for the cost of buying land and building a home, reach out to our team.