Building a custom home is a dream come true for most people, but that doesn't mean that the process won't be stressful. One of the major keys to successfully building a custom home is hiring the right custom home builder. Take your time selecting a builder; the more research you do and the more sure you are of your hiring choice, the better. Once you have selected a custom home builder to construct your home, it is important to make sure that there is clear communication so no avoidable problems arise. Use the following tips to ensure clear communication between you and your custom home builder:
Make Sure Everything Is in Writing
Before construction begins, you and your builder will need to sign a contract. Prior to signing, make sure that you read the contract and understand everything included in it. A comprehensive contract will ensure that there are no misunderstandings with your custom home builder once construction starts. However, since building a custom home is such a big project, it is important to know that things can change over the course of construction. Materials may be delayed, or you may decide that you want to change the type of flooring being installed in your home. Make sure that you have all changes documented in writing, and keep a copy for your records.
Ask About Business Hours
Over the course of construction of your custom home, you will most likely need to speak with your builder many times. Thus, at the outset of the project, always ask about your builder's business hours. During business hours, feel free to call, text, or email your builder with any questions or concerns that you may have. If you think of something pertaining to your home outside of business hours, feel free to send an email, but refrain from calling or texting.
Coordinate Site Visits
As your home is being built, you will most likely want to see the progress. While you are free to drive by the construction site any time that you would like, if you want to walk through your home while it is being built, it is best to schedule visits on specific dates and times. Scheduling your visits is much better than just showing up unannounced. When a visit is scheduled, your custom home builder will be able to set aside time to meet with you and show you the progress without getting behind on projects scheduled for the day.
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