Working with building contractors on your large-scale remodel or custom home build can often be an overwhelming and challenging task. You often feel like you’re pushed into one of two extremes: Leave the contractors alone to do their own thing or be constantly involved with every detail to get what you want. But what if there was a third option so that you could keep an appropriate eye on your project, yet not feel overwhelmed in the process. Here at UrbanLUX Builders, we work with many clients to help them get the home of their dreams through home builds or large-scale remodels. And our years of experience has taught us a few things in order to help you stay involved with your project, but still let your team get their jobs done. Try out these six tips on your next home project, and see if they help you to keep any eye on your home project.
Choose a Builder You Can Trust
The first thing you want to do is choose a home builder that you can trust and who utilizes reputable building contractors to work on your home project. While you can nitpick and micromanage your entire project, wouldn’t you rather let your builder do what they’re paid to and manage your project appropriately? When you choose a builder you can trust, they will include you in all the major decisions and work hard to make sure your home is exactly what you’re looking for. You also won’t find yourself constantly reaching out to your builder and getting nothing but crickets if you opt for one with a good reputation and track record.
Involve Yourself with the Team
It’s important to involve yourself with your building team and the decisions that get made about your project. The more informed you are, the easier it will be to make appropriate decisions and understand where your money is going. Feel free to work with your builder to help keep you involved with your building contractors and your overall home plan. Just a word of caution: the people on your construction team are the experts in their fields, so don’t try and boss them around, but never be afraid to ask questions and for any clarification.
Create Your Goals
Early on, set your personal goals for your home project. The more precise you can be, the better. Share these goals with your builder and building contractors in order to make your personal objectives clear from the beginning. Your goals should include your personal priorities to help guide the project and to help you understand what is most important to you. This will also help you to understand the areas you may need to get involved with during your project and the other areas that will be easier to leave up to the professionals without any interference.
Communicate Your Budget
This is a critical component for you, your builder, and your building contractors. Have a good idea what your project budget is, and expect that there could be an additional ten percent in unexpected costs that come up along the way. Establishing a budget early on and working hard to stick to it will help everyone. You should always ask for itemized quotes as well, in order to help you understand the scope of your project and what you’re paying for. Being clear about your budget will help to keep your project running as smoothly as possible.
Be Flexible with Your Timeline
It’s essential to have a flexible and realistic timeline with your project. Working with your builder to establish this and make sure it gets appropriately communicated can help the project overall. But, don’t forget things can come up, and you always deserve to be informed about any changes.
Reach Out and Communicate
Remember this is your project and your money. It doesn’t hurt to reach out through phone or email on a regular basis with any questions or just to inquire about updates. Your builder should be prompt and responsive in replies. If not, it’s okay to ask them to do better, because you deserve better. Working with a builder is a partnership, and communication is critical on both ends.
When you work with UrbanLUX Builders in the San Antonio area, you will always get the best service and final home product. Call us today to get started.