The Art and Science of Construction

4 Tips for Working With a Custom Home Builder

The first step in building a custom home is finding a contractor who you'd like to work with. Once you've crossed that off the list, it is time to get started with the design phase of the project, and once that's over, your building team can start putting something up. Throughout this whole process, your contractor and their team will be doing most of the work. However, there are a few tips you can follow as you collaborate with them on this process.

1. If you don't like something, say something.

Say your designer draws a kitchen layout. You can tell they are passionate about it, but when you look at the cabinets, you're worried they won't be large enough for your family's needs. Don't hold your tongue because you don't want the designer to feel bad. Say something. This is your home, and the designer's job is to design it to fit your needs. They don't always know what those needs are unless you speak up.

2. Return calls promptly.

When your contractor calls you and leaves a message, get back to them as soon as you can. They may be waiting on your response to place an order or schedule a service, and if you wait a day or two to return their call, this can push everything back. 

3. Visit the home, but don't get in the way.

Most builders are glad to have you visit the home while it is being constructed. This can help assure you of the progress, and it can also give you a chance to offer feedback on the work that's already been done. But even though this will be your home, you need to be careful not to get in the way when you visit. Stand out of the way of the builders so they can keep working around you safely.

4. Keep your budget a priority.

Often, people start a home building project with a strict budget, but then they grow lax and end up spending more than their initial budget as they upgrade finishes and make additions to the project. If you don't want to overspend, you need to be vigilant. Don't hesitate to say "no" to your builder's suggestion if it will put you over budget. Check where your costs are regularly so you don't overspend without first being aware.

The process of having a home built for you can be really exciting and rewarding. And as long as you follow the tips above, it should be a good experience for all involved. Keep these tips in mind when looking for a custom home builder near you.