July 26, 2017
If you’re like most people, you probably have your dream home already put together in your head. Perhaps you see a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, and a grand master bath. If you have a specific vision in mind for your future home, consider a custom builder to make that dream a reality. Here are some important tips for choosing and working with a custom builder.
Choose the right builder for your project.
Unless you’re planning on building luxury skyrise condominiums, you can likely get a better deal with a smaller custom home building company to build your dream home. A smaller company will have low overheads and do a lot of the work onsite themselves. Just be sure when choosing a smaller company that you properly vet their portfolio, like their work, and all the questions you can. A good custom home builder will welcome your questions and make you feel at ease.
Be specific about what you want.
The surest way to avoid disappointment in the finished product is to be as specific as possible in communicating what you want to your builder. Having a set of drawings is a good start, but beyond that, you need to make clear exactly what the builder is being asked to include in the price. Be specific about what you want and what is to be included in the price so there are no misunderstandings between you and the builder.
Let the builder manage the project.
It’s the builder’s responsibility to make sure that the right people in the right numbers are on-site at the right times and that they have the necessary materials to do their work.
After plans are made and agreed upon between you and the builder, it’s important that the builder is allowed to run the project on a day-to-day basis.
Make a comprehensive list.
Most arguments, if any, happen in the final stages of the project, when the main work is done but there are many small items to attend to. Getting all these items completed can be difficult to organize for the builder, while the owner is likely becoming impatient for the home to be finished. Communicate clearly on expected timetables early on, then give the builder space to do their work. When it comes to inspection at the end, go around with your builder and agree on one comprehensive list. Additional things of interest may pop up, but try to remain fair to the builder when adding new items and to-dos to the list.
Coker & Company is a true custom homebuilding company. We work with clients on all aspects of construction from conception and design to the finishing touches. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact us today!