Before the First Nail
By the time you're ready to begin construction - we hope you've
already learned a lot about the process from your builder or the
architect. If you don't feel like you know what to expect - then
ask for a meeting with your architect, builder, or the superintendent
who will actually build your home - and ask for more information.
While this information should make you more at ease with the process,
and prepare you for what to expect at each stage of construction
- don't expect to become a building inspector for your home. On
the other hand - it doesn't hurt to have a tape measure handy
when you visit the site, and keep your eyes open.
Don't be afraid to ask questions about the process or progress
of your home. And if something doesn't "feel" right,
then follow your instincts and ask about it. Just remember, you
are seeing every stage of the project, and sometimes things that
are not quite complete, look like mistakes. It is advisable at
this stage to consult your architect for more information.
If you see something that looks like it's wrong, or out of place
- ask about it without accusing your builder of missing something
- chances are they know about it and are in the process of correcting
or completing it.
And if you have any reservations about how you and your builder
are communicating - now is the time to deal with them. It's hard
enough to maintain communication during construction, let alone
correct communication problems. So if you don't feel "heard"
by your builder now - better try to clear it up before the nails
long will it take to build?