If you are in the market to build a home, you already probably have a ton on your plate. If you have already purchased your property and have obtained all the necessary permits to build and have addressed other legalities of the entire process you are probably already in a better place than most others. If you already have a commissioned an architect and your plans are drafted your next step is to find a local builder that can take on the task of building your dream home. Your architect can give you some recommendations of builders in your area that they give preference to but you don’t have to take their word for it. Many architects work closely with their own network of preferred builders in their local areas for obvious reasons and some may not always be in your best interests financially. If you have made the decision to source your own builder you will need to take the time to do some research. Building a home is exciting but it is also a big investment and you want to ensure that you are going into the process with a clear vision and realistic expectations. There inevitably will be some challenges along the way but how you and your builder handle these challenges will determine what your result will be.
Have a Clear Vision
It is extremely easy to get caught up in many different things during the home building process. You need to have a clear vision of what you want, the time frames of the project, and how things will progress on a day to day basis. You must understand that although you may not see progress from one day to the next, that it is happening. For the builder that is taking on the task of constructing your dream home there are a myriad number of things that they need to attend to daily including the safety of the job site, the quality of their work and their team’s work along with ensuring that those that they may have sub-contracted for specific tasks are showing up and completed their tasks to standard. They have the heavy lifting to take care of so allow the professionals to do what they do best.
As with any large project things can go wrong. Deadlines may have to be pushed back and you must be flexible to a certain extent. Things that are out of anyone’s control can cause delays in the building process. Things like bad weather, worker’s and union strikes, supply chain issues and of course, financial issues can all put your project on hold. You need to hope for the best but always be prepared for the worst. The way that you manage your expectations around the product in cooperation with your builder and his team will either support the process or hinder it. It’s always better to lean towards the positive side.