10 Steps to be followed before Constructing a House

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Building a home is the fruition of a life long dream. It can be challenging which simultaneously follows a procedure, that varies from builder to builder and place to place. If we were to consider the fact that you already own a piece of land in a residential zone, this is a step-by-step procedure that needs to be followed before constructing a house.

1) Looking at the financial options

Your source might be personal savings or loans from banks or friends. Construction material like cement will lose strength if stored for more than six months, which is why sourcing your fund before the starting of the project will benefit your greatly else the materials will get spoiled. Consider the financial options that you will need to consider in constructing a house.

Check out this blog to know more about the available home loan options if needed.

2) Choosing an appropriate location

Always be sure of what is the purpose of the house and the location. Do you really need to see the sun rising as you open the windows of the house or are you content with the sight of the building standing in the front. Ensure that the amenities are located at stone's throw away before building a house. You should know about the legalities of the location you have chosen. Get information about regulations, development plan, permits, development restrictions, code restrictions, zoning and other legalese. You should also consider the practicalities involved in the location. Examine the structural foundations, slopes, grades, soil types and boundaries.

Consider water sources, drainage systems, utility lines and other systems in advance before constructing a house.

3) Creating a Plan

  • The first step in constructing a house is creating a design plan. You should be sure about the number of rooms you want to have in the house, their size and the scope for future expansion.
  • The budget for the construction of the house is laid down and all expenses such as the cost for blocks, cement, paints and daily wages for the labourers should be clearly planned. Make sure that the construction and building materials are purchased from reliable sources.
  • You must stick to your budget and have a contingency reserve to make up for the unexpected costs you might incur during the construction process.
  • Arrange your finances and ensure that the funds for construction are available.
  • Make your building plan and ensure that all the people who are involved with the construction process understand and approve of the safety plan

4) Collecting all the documents and getting the necessary permission

Just like in any other city, if you wish to construct a house you need approval from the concerned authorities, in this case BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagra Palike). It is also imperative to get approval from Bangalore electricity company (BESCOM) and BWSSB (Bangalore Water Sewerage and Sanitary Board). For residential buildings taller than 15 metres, one needs to seek permission from the fire safety department as well.

For the same, you can fill an application form for plan sanctioning and submit it. Along with the application form, you will have to provide the following documents:

  • Recent Khata certificate and extract
  • Tax receipts providing information about your tax returns for the last three years
  • Encumberance certificate from 2004 to till the present date
  • Mother Deed and Grant Deed. Or gift deed, if that is the case.

5) Hire the right contractor for constructing a house

  • The contractor you hire must be registered. Check for the contractor's license and take a look at their previous projects.
  • Hire a contractor with whom you can communicate freely and help you resolve issues as they occur.


Make sure that the contractor you hire has the necessary experience that you are seeking, to provide you quality construction.


Contractors who provide good quality construction will have a good reputation in the market. Look at their online reviews and interact with their previous customers so that you get to know more about the kind of work that the contractor has done in the past.


Time is valuable which is why ensure that the contractor doesn't delay the project and sticks to the start and completion date. Try and find out about the contractor especially about delays and missed deadlines in the past.

After considering the above mentioned factors, a written contract with your contractor should be signed by both the parties.All the details in the contract should be covered to avoid any future conflicts. Share the details of the email as well to keep a proof of the dealings.

6) Selecting the right construction and building materials

Selecting the right material is both time-consuming and troublesome. Consult an expert before you buy the materials to be used for construction. One can optimize the cost of construction by 10% by buying the right materials for constructing a house.

The contract rate includes labour and materials. This is done to avoid wastage and pilferage. If you can monitor day to day operations effectively, you can go for labour rate contract and procure the materials yourself.

7) Arrange water and and electricity temporarily

Temporary water and electricity are the most important amenities required for a contractor before he directs the workforce to the construction site. Usually, the plot owner has to provide these amenities to the contractor before constructing a house.

8) Constructing temporary site for construction and building materials

A temporary storage space has to be built to ensure that the construction materials do not get exposed to the atmosphere and get damaged. Once the first floor slab is constructed, these materials can be stored inside the under-construction building.

9) Consider the resale value

You should consider the resale value of a house before you begin its construction because circumstances may change in the future. You should know if the fixtures you install in your house will appeal to potential home buyers if you were to sell your house in the future.

Consider your lifestyle before planning the design so that poor design mistakes are not made.

10) Commencement of the construction work

After considering all these factors you can tell the contractor to start the construction work. Hire an experienced advocate who can prepare a water-tight agreement for you before constructing a house. Consider all your financial options and make all the payments either through demand drafts or cheque so that you have a record of all the expenditure you incurred. Supervise and oversee the construction work personally to avoid any blunders from happening. You can also choose to engage an experienced and technically competent supervisor for yourself to monitor all the construction work and ensure that all your plans are executed.

We at homes247.in with years of technical expertise and customer centric approach would be there by your side to get the best deals on the choicest plots available in the city.

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