Building a home is considered to be one of the biggest decisions you will probably ever take in your life time. Before you plan to build your home, you will need to take a certain consideration into focus so that once you have chosen a builder you will be able to put forward these requirements. The best way to do so is start jotting down so that you do not miss out on anything, like how many rooms you are looking for, the bathrooms, if you are looking for a garden, backyard and so on. Besides this, the smallest of details, like the color scheme, tiles, kitchen counter tops, all should be noted down and explained to the builder. You will need to ensure that you are able to get the right builder, for which
- You need to Clarify your Requirements and Needs:
There are many types of builders who specialize in different styles of homes. Once you have made up your mind on the type of house you wish to build, you can search accordingly. The materials used by builders are different besides the process of building. So, take your time and make sure to look for the one which can understand your requirement and build accordingly.
- Comparing the Different Builders:
There is no harm if you have more than one of option of a builder; on the contrary you should begin with at least 3 builders so that you can compare the prices, their way of building and style. Asking around can help you narrow down your choice to a selected few which are considered ‘good’. A builder who has enough experience and knowledge in this field will be able to advise you on the materials to be used and the reasons for doing so. The method of building will also be explained to you so that during the process of building there are no hitches and delays.
- Get hold of a Building Plan:
You will be offered different bids from the different builders, but then you need to make sure that the builders have a thorough understanding of your preferences and requirements. It is advisable to get the specification and the plans in writing so as to minimize communication problems. Talking about plans, these should be able to include the number of rooms with their dimensions, specifications of the foundations, the structural components and more. The cost of the home can be determined by the specification on the list of the materials which will be used.
- Taking Enough Time for Decision
You need to remember that your decision is going to make a difference to the construction of your home and you need to take enough and more time in doing so. It is better to be patient and have a home which is built in accordance to your requirements and needs rather than regretting it later.
- Talking to the Builder:
Once you have planned to hire a specific builder clarify the following
- The written policy
- Guarantee on the workmanship
- Control of the sub-contractors
- Guarantee of the work done by the sub-contractors
- License of the builder
- References you can check with
- Workmen compensation
- Is the clean-up also included?
- Statement which is itemized and when will this be provided
- Choice of the suppliers
After all the above queries have been answered and if this is to your satisfaction, you can go ahead and sign the contract, but only after reading this carefully without overlooking the fine print.