It is a mind-boggling experience and an exciting feelings in building a house of your own, and a routinary works for the builder. Often, this two feelings tend to clash. Your new house should not be build to be a passive exercise. The decision made by you should be followed. If you’re not on the state of giving the final decision, then ask your builder to do his own. To be sure that your house fulfills your vision, follow some steps as a guide.
You are part of the party to do legal document in whatever contract you sign involving large amount of money for the construction of the house. Know your basic legal rights and therefore you have the rights to exercise them.
Understand the contract well for you are paying the builders for their knowledge, experience and ability. By this, your builders will follow whatever decisions you made with regards to building your house.
Be sure to check that your house is free from defects and substantially built in accordance with all the applicable codes regulations. Ask for a certificate of occupancy and require them to issue a proof of compliance at the closing of your mortgage.
Make sure that everything are done properly especially the virtually unchangeable things. Including the properly sized and constructed foundation and the installed structural system. An impartial advice from outside other person regarding your building even if he is not a builder.
If problems arises, be ready to be more flexible and ready to compromise to resolve the situations. Be aware to whatever to be giving up and examine carefully and understand on both sides. Be aware also the new technology, unique and inordinate far-out request and untested material and equipment. Bear in mind that construction is not a perfect science and might be able to face the situation of something needs change and encounter some exceed in capabilities. Plan your ideas to achieved into a perfect plan to avoid drastic changes.
Record not clearly understood must be written, described shown and specifically noted should be interpreted by both sides. If this issues are fixed well, expect the dispute, confrontation, anger, frustration and perhaps even litigation are going to happen. Be on a double check, leave nothing to change. Verbal instruction and discussion should be followed up. Keeping a records and receipts, and all correspondence samples you approve and the like are kept. Invest a lot of time spending up the front in programming, planning, designing and understanding and most importantly establishing specification of the projects for a chance for a smoother construction and satisfactory result.
Be professional enough in dealing your business with your builders. They are builders that you paid for and not your friends. If your relative or friend is working for you, then treat them as your workers do.