You will meet many people as you build your custom home. These people will become important partners in your home construction project.
Who Are They?
We already know the importance of an architect to your project. This installment was just one week ago. This week, we will be looking at a different role: the custom builder that you choose. These relationships are crucial to the success and viability of your project.
We will continue our series “What to Expect Building a Custom Home”, by hiring the right builder.
Why Hire A Builder?
A custom home builder is not something you should do unless you’re a very ambitious person. You won’t have to worry about the critical parts of the process because the Custom Home Builder Etobicoke is there for you.
To make building your home easier, there are many roles that the builder can play. These include:
- Collaborating with your bank/mortgage company to track costs and collect payments. Also, process lien requests
- Assisting the local building inspector and other members such as your designer or architect in obtaining approvals, inspections, and the like
- Get Your Certificate Of Occupancy
- Coordinate all aspects of the building product ordering, approval, and installation for your home
- Before closing, inspect the house to identify any problems and coordinate with subcontractors to fix them.
- Provide potential educational information on home operation, including maintenance, warranty, and operation
A competent general contractor/custom home builder will have extensive knowledge about all aspects of home building and can help you make the right decisions and manage the project to achieve your goals.
How To Find The Right Builder?
Sometimes all it takes to find the right builder like Cedar Hills Contracting. You will likely get glowing reviews if there is a reliable builder in your local area. If you don’t have the luxury of a builder, or if your home is not in your immediate vicinity, there are many other resources that you can use. Your local yellow pages and town offices may also have information on builders.
Limiting Your Choices
It is crucial to have multiple interviews with potential builders before you make a final decision on a builder. The interview process should have three main goals.
Begin by helping the builder to understand what type of custom home you desire. Also, make sure that he has experience building homes of the same size, style, or on the exact lot or area you plan to build.
Second, gather more information about the reputation and experience of this builder.
Third, build a relationship with your builder. Ask yourself the following question: Will I be able to see and work with this person every single day for the next 9-18months?
After you have collected this information, you will be able narrow your choices down to 2-3 names.
Your Custom Home Building Estimate
It’s a smart idea to limit your options to just one. Even if you choose to go with the most popular one, it is a good idea to compare building estimates to help you educate yourself and ensure you get a fair price.
You should take your time when gathering estimates. Otherwise, you could get stuck with a budget that’s not complete enough to buy the home you want or is too full of unnecessary things.
A custom home builder may offer the option of a design center inside your house. These options can help narrow down your choices but you shouldn’t feel obligated to use them. You are building your custom house and must live there once it’s finished.