Building a good home isn’t as easy as you might think. In some areas, contractors don’t have to be licensed — and there are building materials on the market that just aren’t good enough to use for a quality home. And that’s just scratching the surface of the problems you can encounter building a home.
If you want to build a quality home efficiently and with as few unnecessary hassles as possible, there are some essentials you have to take into consideration. Otherwise, you could end up with something you aren’t comfortable living in, that won’t pass all its inspections and that you can’t sell.
To construct a quality home, make sure you get these essentials right:
1. Make your goal of excellence clear.
There’s more than one way to build a house, so you need to make it clear to everyone involved that you’ll settle for nothing less than the best. Then, your workers will they’ll know where they stand. Make it plain to everyone that you want to build a high-end home, then make every action match your goal. Don’t discuss cutting corners or hiring a substandard subcontractor. That could give others on the project that idea that doing the job right doesn’t really matter to you.
2. Hire only skilled contractors and subcontractors.
No one wants to work alongside an inferior service provider or an inexperienced crew that’s more of a liability than an asset. Every worker on a project should be a specialist. Forget about looking at references; instead, look at the past work of the people you’re considering. If you plan to leave all these details to a contractor, make sure you’re looking over his or her shoulder. That’s part of making your goal of excellence clear.
3. Use the best products — and the right ones.
Don’t just choose high-quality products, but also make sure you’re using the right products for the job. That means using pressure-treated wood when contact with water or the ground is possible, for example. It also means ordering the best you can afford for everything from hinges to ceiling fans and appliances. And remember to insist on being provided with warranty documentation so you can hold suppliers accountable if something goes wrong.
4. Keep the lines of communication open.
Whether you’re a general contractor or a homeowner, it’s essential to cultivate openness — not exclusivity — in the way you communicate. Make it clear that every member of the building team can come to you at any time. And speak up when you see something that you don’t understand or that seems to be going wrong. You can solve issues before they become irreversible if you speak up.
5. Check and recheck.
Homes are subject to local inspections in many cases, but your standards should be higher than a building inspector’s. Try to find mistakes, and insist that they get fixed, not covered up. You have every right to a perfect home if you’re paying for it, so do frequent quality assurance checks to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. You really need to be on site every day if you expect quality.
More simply put, quality home construction requires careful attention to detail every step of the way. Otherwise, disappoint is sure to be part of your home-building experience.
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