Connectivity and Communication with your builder
It could take anywhere between three months to over a year to build your new home, depending on the size and scope of work. How will you communicate with your builder during this time? How accessible are they going to be? Do you expect the builder to return your phone calls and emails the same day? Do you expect your builder to give you updates on the building process daily? Weekly? Monthly? As the construction period continues, be sure to keep records of your communication with each other throughout the process? Be sure that you have met all of the builder’s key staff that may be working with you on various aspects of the build.
How involved do you want to be in the construction of your new home?
Do you want to know who’s working on your home every day? Do you want to have open communication with the project manager as well as the builder? Or perhaps you don’t want to stress about it at all and let them take care of everything. Either way, it’s important to have a builder that allows you to have these options. And it’s good to discuss this up front before you sign the contract.
After years of work and saving, you are finally ready to build your dream home! But you’ve heard many scary stories about the building process being a nightmare for homeowners. How do you help ensure a relatively smooth, stress-free experience? And how do you help ensure that your new home is the home that you want?
The average person with a job, family, and other obligations does not have the time or expertise to directly manage a home build, so hires a ‘builder” or “general contractor.” This is the key person who manages the entire process on your behalf. Using years of experience, the builder contracts directly with various “trades” (plumbers, framers, electricians, foundation, roofers. etc.) to purchase the materials and coordinate their work on a schedule. By handling the countless details, a builder takes on most of the worry and headaches. Equally important, their expertise means they are better prepared to oversee quality.
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