Building a home is a very exciting experience, especially if it is your first time going through the process. The idea of designing your dream home from scratch and knowing you have a handle on creative decisions just makes the process that much more thrilling.
Now, although the above statement is true, we don’t want to sugarcoat it. With the right contractor, building your new home should be a smooth sailing process however, there will be times of stress. At some point, decision making can be overwhelming and as professionals in the industry, we get it.
To minimize any stress and anxiousness, we want to make sure you are prepared! Here is what you need to know before diving in.
Building a New Home: What You Need to Know
1. Know Your Budget
Crunch some numbers to determine whether or not you can afford to build your ideal home. Talk to builders, let them know how much you are willing to spend, and get estimates!
At John Boldt Builders, we make this step super easy for you! With our online checklist, you will be able to really pinpoint your “must-haves” and additional wants. This will help you understand what is possible within your budget.
2. Know Your Builder’s Reputation
It is important to do research and to really get to know the builders available in your area. Find out their history, check out their portfolios, ask family and friends who they know and how their experience was.
Having a builder that understands your vision and truly wants to achieve your goals is crucial in making this whole experience a positive one.
3. Take Notes and Ask Questions
When visiting your construction site, we highly recommend taking notes every time. Compile a list of what still needs to be done so that when you do the final walk-through you can make sure all those things are checked off.
Keep in mind that there are two different categories known as: reasonable flaws and unreasonable flaws, meaning some flaws must be fixed by your contractor, while other flaws may not impact the final product of your home, therefore does not need to be fixed.
Make sure you ask questions while compiling your list as well. Asking questions will help your builder understand your expectations; also allowing them to share their professional thoughts and reasons with you. At the end of the day, we, as contractors don’t want you to feel regretful – don’t be afraid to address your concerns!
Want to know what it’s like working with John Boldt Builders? Contact us! We want to hear about your perfect home.