Working With the Builder

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The best way to have a good relationship with the builder is to have a complete understanding what is expected. Double check your spec plan. Review it with the builder. Make sure there aren't any surprises. This will save you time and money.


Page Topics:

  1. start with proper planning
  2. about building permits and codes
  3. managing the project
  4. working with contractor

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Start with Proper Planning

To ensure a successful home building project, make sure you define your construction specification plan

specifications should include all supplies that will be used in the construction and what services will be rendered

Step3: link to the spec plan for information


Specifications should list the brand, make, model, number, style, type, color and any other descriptions;

plus is should list whether the materials used in construction will be new or used

ensure that the specifications are exact in detail to protect you from inferior use of products and to compare "apples-to-apples" specs among contractors and lenders

be as detail as possible for every room in the house

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About Building Permits and Codes

Your construction project may require a building permit from your local jurisdiction

it will either be up to you or the contractor to obtain each permit if required —

All about permits:

Lookup county and city governments for permit information:


Also note that building codes specify how each project should be completed

Local inspectors will ensure that the construction meets code. It will be helpful to understand these codes when assembling your specs.

About building codes:

Building codes:

Lookup county and city governments for building code information:


If you moving into a Homeowners Association, you might want to check with the Association on your building plans.

Some Associations may impose design specifications on your construction. You may need to have a variance or approval from the homeowner's association.


Pay particular attention if your construction is situated in a historic section.

Historic preservation laws may restrict certain home construction designs.

Lookup county and city governments for information:
more information about historic preservation:

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Managing the Project

  • Change Management:
    managing changes to the original construction specification plan on design, upgrades and other
  • Problem Resolution:
    managing problems as they arise and getting them resolved within budget
  • Cost Management:
    managing the costs of the home construction including changes to the plan
  • Construction Inspection:
    inspecting the work, building codes, and structure prior to finalizing payment

    view our project management for a review of these construction management issues

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