Becoming a new home owner is an exciting time, especially when you're in charge of its construction. However, before you can reap the rewards of homeownership, you first have to get through the construction phase. This can take months and sometimes an entire year to complete, depending on the particulars of your home design and the size. You also have to do whatever you can minimize hiccups throughout the construction, which can be difficult for a beginner to do.
If this is your first time building a home, then here are some tips to help prevent common problems witnessed during new home construction.
Subcontractors Using Old Blueprints
You're the future homeowner, so you're entitled to change your mind, but it shouldn't be frequent and has to be done within a reasonable time frame. When this does happen, it's important to ensure that all of the subcontractors are using the most up-to-date set of blueprints. Your contractor is obviously the one responsible for this, but it wouldn't hurt to ask just to make sure.
Custom Orders Are Out of Whack
The materials you order for the interior and exterior of your home can sometimes be incorrect or incomplete. This can slow down the progress of your construction, since you have to wait for certain items to get shipped. Most manufacturers will give you the option of either accepting the improper custom order in exchange for a discount, or returning it to have your correct order sent. Either way, make sure you know who's responsible for the shipping costs.
It's also possible that your contractor is the reason for the mix up. Double check to ensure your contractor has the correct list of items, so this can be avoided.
Unforeseen Additional Costs
It can happen, no matter how carefully you try to plan your new home construction. Things like termite damage, dry rot, bad soil and other problems can arise. This is why a full inspection is recommended before any construction begins. Also, your contract and estimate should take into account possible run-ins with unforeseen costs. If they were truly unforeseen and not an oversight due to improper inspection, then your contractor is entitled to additional pay. You can avoid breaking the bank by setting aside additional funds just in case something happens.
The above tips can be used whether you're planning a new home construction, remodeling of an outdoor structure such as exterior of a home or building. Work closely with your contractor to ensure everything is clarified and on point throughout the project.