There is nothing more rewarding and thrilling than building your first home, but it can also be nerve wrecking. You've got to worry about materials, layout plans, building permits and local council regulations. Home builders are already equipped to handle these processes to build your home as competently as possible. This is a home builder's job, so it's not his first time-–but it's probably yours. Here are a few ground rules to help you cement a rock solid foundation with your home builder.
Get Everything in Writing
The first thing you need to do is sit down with your builder and document everything you want on the contract before the first nail is hit. You must make everything clear in the beginning. Once architect building plans are approved by local councils, it is difficult to make changes. Sign the contract and agree on the pricing in advance to avoid future haggles and disagreement. Remember verbal contracts mean nothing.
Consult with Builder for Materials
Once you've given the go-ahead for constructing your home, make sure you consult with your home builder (yes, you need his help) on the materials and paint colours to purchase in advance. Don't assume that you know what is needed for the home. Home builders are experts, who will be able to tell you how much material and paint you need for each room. By making decisions on your own, you might end up buying insufficient materials and suppliers can also run out of stock. There's nothing worse than running out of sufficient tiles in the process of flooring. Builders appreciate homeowners with a listening ear.
Stay Out of the Way
It's your first house, and you're super excited--that's fair, but it doesn't mean that you should constantly be in the way or keep asking questions about your home. It's inconvenient and nobody (including you) likes it when someone looks over their shoulder. Try to refrain from telling builders how to do their jobs. It simply causes irritation and confusion.
You're so eager that you keep pushing the builder to do a quicker job. Remember there are certain instances, like weather changes, where the builder cannot do his work as planned. It may be frustrating, especially on the days when your bricks are to be laid. Don't force your builder to construct on bad weather days. It could be dangerous, and there could be problems with your structural foundation in the future. The fact is building needs to stop in extreme rain or winds. Stay patient, since quality home builders need time to do a good job.
It's crucial that you let home builders do their jobs without running too much interference. After all, they are the experts. When you're a good and patient client, you can expect them to go the extra mile for your precious new home.Share