Seven Foolproof Construction Tips
Is it your dream to have your home built to your exact specifications? Before signing that contract, keep these seven tips in mind to ensure your home building experience goes smoothly.
Research companies thoroughly – While it may be tempting to jump at the first low bid, remember to do your research thoroughly on local companies to ensure you receive the best deal.
Have a professional review the contract – Contracts can get tricky so before signing your name, have a professional review all parts of the legally binding document so you don’t find yourself blindsided or stuck in the middle of the process.
Stay within your means – It can be easy to lose sight of a budget when designing your dream home. But remember to stick to your pre-established budget to prevent you from owing more than you can handle once the project is completed.
Avoid trends – Accenting your home with the latest and greatest trend might be appealing but most trends run their course for a year or so and then are considered outdated. Avoid spending time and money following the latest trends and stick with classics. Your home will feel and look newer for longer.
Source your own materials – Buying materials from a contractor can come at a greater cost to you. Although more time consuming, researching and sourcing your own materials can save you some cash. Plus, you’ll have more to choose from to get just the right item for your new home.
Go green – Designing your home around green, energy saving features can help you save money in the long run. While it might be more expensive up front, consider the benefits of saving energy, water, and the environment while lowering your monthly bills.
Consider the off-season – The winter months are notoriously not active construction months due to unpredictable weather and chaotic schedules around the holiday seasons. But the perk to this is construction companies have less business and therefore will usually offer significantly lower prices for projects.