Building a custom home let me give you some tips on getting the most bang for your buck and having a positive outcome with a great house with less headaches. I have been a part of a lot of costume homes; I have seen some go smoothly and some that turned in to the home owners nightmare vowing to never to build new again. That sad to see and unnecessary in my opinion.
One thing that you will quickly see when building a custom home is there are million of decisions and options. It seems that each new option can cause you to keep raising the budget. So you need to deicide is this really necessary and will we notice or miss it if we don’t add this. When deciding what you want try to make decision quickly. Time really is money the further along a job is the more change cost you. There are natural lolls in jobs like the framing or after framing waiting for the roof and windows. So use that time walk the layout and make sure it feel right.
Here is where I see you can get the most bang for your buck when it comes to getting a great finished home. When working with a builder they usually have a general Forman this person keeps track of the sub contractors and orchestrating the timing of when they start on there area of expertise. This person really effects how smoothly the job will go. Here is where I have seen the best results with a great return on quality of product. Don’t fully really on the Forman to be your go between with the subs. What I mean is build a repoire by asking questions that naturally come up as you are making decisions. Thank them for “working hard” sure they are getting paid but you want them to do the little extras or keep working hard till it’s finished. Commend them on progress and quality; little phrases like that’s “looking great” or “thanks for doing such a great job.” Don’t you think that person is now going to care about the details a little bit more? Just by establishing a repoire now you have an advocate and it has now became personal not just a job for that individual; (Tile guy, plumber, mudder, painter, electrician. In the end all the subs are craftsmen and proud of what they do. You really want them to be proud of what they do on your house.
Lets face it your spending a lot of money on your new home and your naturally going to want to walk through the construction to see progress. Here is how to be a rock star home owner. If you know there are going to be people there on Saturday working on your home bring donuts. That gesture will go a long ways with someone not making a lot of money and giving up there weekend to work on your house. That dozen donuts or two will have a huge ROI (return on investment). Just that $20 extra buck and radium act of kindness could make you the best home owner that they have worked for. If you know the exact amount of people at the job and want to blow them away pick up breakfast burritos like the super sonic breakfast burrito they are under $4 buck and show up around 9 or 10 o’clock. I think it fun to know what works to bless others, often we would like to be generous but don’t know where and if it will be appreciated.