When you undertake the process of building a new home you want to take steps upfront to avoid problems and challenges. The key to doing this is to educate yourself on the home building process, and once building commences you have an open strong line of communication with your builder.
Here are few common home builder problems you might run into, and some ideas on home to avoid them.
One of the most common home builder problems happens to not be with the home builder, but rather with the customer who does not understand the process. Most home builders will try to educate you regarding what they are doing, but ultimately you need to learn as much as you can about building a home. Take time to learn the relevant information related to your home building project. Do not rely solely on the builder as your information resource. Get educated so you understand what is going on. Strike a balance with builder and become their partner in the home building process.
Other home builder problems arise from clients who are afraid to approach the builder about issues during the construction project. Some people worry that if they have a complaint with some aspect of the home builders performance that the builder may delay finishing the project or give poor quality work. Again, partner up with the builder and have a strong line of communication. If you do this you will prevent many challenges and will never be fearful bringing things up with the builder.
Some people may encounter home builder problems that relate to the construction time line. If uninformed it is easy to make unrealistic time lines request for construction completion. There are some builders who will use these expectations to undercut another company for the job, knowing full well that the time frame would be impossible. Having a basic understanding of the building process and how much work is involved will help you weed out company’s attempting to prey on unreal expectation. This does not happen often, but it can. If you have suspicions about a timeline have an open and honest discussion with the builder.
Once construction starts, it is a good idea to keep changes to the design at a minimum. One of the most commonly encountered home builder problems relate to the prices builders charge for order changes. When making changes make sure you get pricing before approving the final change. Do not wait until the home is built to discover how much the five changes you asked for during the process cost. This can cost you big. Also understand that a simple change in your mind might be a complex change to what has already been constructed, or perhaps it’s not all that simple in reality. Again, have open honest conversations with your builder. Doing so you will go miles in preventing problems.
A good idea would be to download the free new home Steps Guide above on the right hand side and really get educated on the overall home building process and how homes are priced.
1. Learn as much as you can about the home building process. This will go miles in helping prevent problems.
2. Do not be afraid to approach the builder regarding issues during the construction project.
3. Make sure you understand how long it takes to build a home and are realistic with timelines.
4. Once construction starts, it is a good idea to keep changes to the project at a minimum if you can.
5. Learn more about working with home builders and avoiding problems by downloading the free new home Steps Guide above on the right hand side and become savvy on the overall home building process.
Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck in achieving your home building goals.