Home Construction Project? 3 Tips For A Smooth Completion
Building a home is an exciting time in your life, whether you’re building your first home or you’ve built before. It can also be stressful, as many people are apprehensive about working with contractors, and problems ultimately arise from both parties.
But it doesn’t have to be that way – contractors and clients have an obligation to work together so the project is completed efficiently, quickly, with quality, and successfully. While you can only obviously control your own actions, there are a number of things you can do on your end to ensure the project is completed without issue, and this guide will go over three of them.
1. Hire A Good Construction Company
The first thing you must do to ensure a successful and smooth construction project is find a quality contractor to work with in the first place. Make sure any home builder you hire carries full liability insurance and worker’s compensation. It’s best to keep a copy of their insurance certificate for your own records in case something goes wrong. When it comes to recommendations, there are a number of places to look. Angie’s List is a good, vetted source for local businesses.
You can also drive around to new subdivisions and see which companies are constructing where and whether you like the style of their homes or not. Asking people who have built through them before as well as real estate agents and the local home builders’ association are other options. Get estimates from a number of different companies and meet with their representatives so you can compare and see which one sounds like the best fit for your needs and budget.
2. Make Sure Everything Is Clear
Excellent communication is key for the smooth and successful completion of a home construction project. First, make sure everything is as clear up front as possible. Have a written agreement that encompasses how long the project is estimated to take, what materials are to be used and how much it will cost. Getting everything in writing at the beginning of the process is something you will likely do anyway, but if any changes come up during construction, it’s best to get those alterations signed and in writing as well.
Meet with your construction company and the individual(s) who will be in charge of your project, get their contact information and stay in touch throughout the project. This is key: even if something goes wrong, always remain composed and professional in your communications. It’s also important that you hold up your end of the deal and get the construction company any information or materials they ask for as soon as you are able.
3. Consider A Construction Administrator
Construction administration is a fast growing field that serves as an intermediary between contractors/construction companies and clients. There are many different reasons for construction administration, and you might consider looking them over to help you decide if it’s something your project needs. Essentially, they manage all aspects of a home construction project for you, from ensuring everything is as you want it to warranties and permits to finances. Being professionals who know the industry inside and out and a third party, you will never have to worry about being deceived by your construction company.
Construction administration is particularly helpful if your home will need multiple contractors or construction companies working on the project. Hiring a construction administrator could also be a smart move if you are not going to be in the area to make regular site visits while your home is being built – construction administrators perform multiple site visits throughout the process to ensure things are proceeding on schedule.
Building a house is very often a high stress time, but following these tips can make the experience less of an ordeal. If something’s going wrong with your project, be sure to take a deep introspective look and find out what the root causes of the issues are, whether they’re being caused by you or your contractor and then take the appropriate steps to fix them. Or look into hiring a construction administration firm to oversee the project. Whatever path you decide to take, these tips should ensure your new home is completed flawlessly and on schedule without the hassle.