Getting a custom home built for your family can be both an exciting and overwhelming time. While having a home that’s been built to your exact specifications can be a blessing, having to go through the process of overseeing its build can be somewhat of a curse.
So to help make this process a little easier on everyone involved, here are three tips for working with the contractor of your new custom home build.
Visit The Job Site Frequently
When attempting to have a good experience with the contractor working on your custom home, it’s very helpful to keep yourself involved in what’s going on around the job site.
According to Bonnie Vengrow, a contributor to Today.com, being on the job site on a very regular basis will allow you to keep an eye on what’s happening with your home build as well as take care of any problems as soon as they arise. By being on the job site frequently, you might also encourage your contractor and their workers or subcontractors to get their jobs done quickly and correctly, since you’ll always be there to see how things are progressing and make any adjustments if you deem them necessary.
Set Up Clear Communication Expectations
In addition to you visiting the job site, you should also make sure that the contractor you’re working with knows what you’re expecting as far as the type and frequency of communication between the two of you.
Ideally, Oliver Marks, a contributor to House Logic, recommends that you speak with your contractor at least once every day. This can be done either at the job site, through a phone or video call, or even with a text or email. During this communication, your contractor should be able to tell you what’s been completed on your home, what they have slated to work on that day, any issues that they’re having to deal with, how well you’re sticking to your budget and timeline, and more.
Be Smart About Addressing Problems
When problems or issues do arise with your home build, whether it’s something that has to do with your contractor and their team directly or something that’s not going according to plan with the build of your custom home, it’s important that you know how to best address these issues with your contractor in order to get the result you want.
According to Dana Dratch, a contributor to Bankrate.com, you should try to keep your emotions out of the conversation when addressing problems with your contractor. Additionally, when you have these tough conversations, make sure you pull the contractor aside and don’t hold this discussion in the middle of the job site or in front of the crew.
If you’re getting a custom home built, consider using the tips mentioned above when working with your contractor.