1. Plan adequately beforehand
When you decide to engage a builder, there are a lot of things which you will have to worry about that you wouldn’t have to if you were a home buyer. These include having the land surveyed for boundaries, checking the municipal water and sewer lines, liens, easements and any other factors that could interfere with the construction of new homes.
2. Get the needed permits
When building your own home, there are permits that you will have to ask for from the local authorities, something that does not happen when you are using a contractor or buying a home, the builder will let you know about all the permits that you need because failure to do so could lead to the building lacking approval, complicating the process.
3. Check to see that the builder is certified
You do not just pick anyone to work in creating what is possibly your life’s greatest dream. You need to make sure that they have the expertise needed for the project and that they are licensed and certified by the appropriate builder’s associations. Building is a risky process and there is no way you can succeed at it unless your team is abiding by the laws.
4. Insurance is a must
Constructing your own home comes with a lot of liabilities. When you engage a builder, you will have to make sure that they are not only covered but also that the people they will employ for the job are also covered. This will reduce the possibility of accidents leading to liability suits, which can result in massive losses.
5. Survey the land
Besides making sure that the boundaries have been set correctly and that the land has no easements and liens, you need to ask the builder to look at the results of the comprehensive surveys, which most of the times include aspects such as the slope or gradient of the land, the soil test reports and more. These will determine what construction measures can be taken to retain the structural strength of the home when built.
6. Share your budget
When you are assured that the builder is insured and certified and that the land can be built on, you can share your budget, the plan and other aspects with them. They will help you determine whether the budget will work or not and make necessary amends.
7. Compare quotes before settling
The first step in vetting the builders is ensuring that they have the competencies that they need to do the work properly. The second and the most crucial, is comparing their cost before settling on one. Do not pay more for a service that could cost you less. Slow and meticulous planning will get you the ideal builder.