When you’re ready to build a house, don’t get too excited and forget about the important things you have to take care of. Remember, this is a big investment and you can’t tear it down if you think it’s not the one you want after it’s finished. Actually, you can tear it down, but imagine the delay and the possibility of doubling your expenses. You might even run out of funds before it’s finished.
To help you steer clear of common mistakes in home building, feel free to follow this advice.
Find a contractor months before
Doing your due diligence in finding a contractor well ahead of time will give you enough leeway for choosing among different builders. Some contractors charge more than others, but that doesn’t mean you’re paying more than what you should. Beware of those who charge almost half the price of everyone else; chances are they will also do some shoddy work or use materials below industry-grade. You’ll end up spending more in the long run on repairs and replacements.
Get at least three quotations from different builders. Do an interview at least over the phone. Ask them if they’re a municipal contractor in Utah, Hogan & Associates Construction, Inc. suggests, so they can take care of the permits on your behalf, saving you time and effort.
When you’ve chosen a contractor
Meet with the contractor you’ve chosen and ask them a few questions about their work. They should be licensed to work in your area. They should also have insurance. If they’ll be working with subcontractors, ask if they also have insurance for those workers. You don’t want to end up footing the bill if they have an accident or damage your property.
Go over your plan
Contractors are supposed to build what you want, so make sure you already have a plan before meeting with them. Go over the plan with them and ask them for suggestions. A reputable and professional contractor will give you suggestions on how you can save without compromising on quality.
The success of your construction always depends on how well you and your contractor communicate. Make sure you’re there every step of the way to discuss the work, approve things, and receive supplies and materials.