How to get the most from your building experience

The process of building your own home can normally go one of two ways – you loved the experience you had, or you found it stressful and would hesitate to do it again.

Obviously one of the biggest keys to success is choosing the right builder, and unfortunately if price was your main focus, the true cost may soon become apparent.  What you may not be aware of, is that you as the client can also effect the experience you have.

How you may ask? Well keep on reading for how you can make it an experience you will love.

Keep the lines of communication open

Keep in regular contact with your builder. You should be receiving weekly updates so you know the status of your home, and can ask any questions you may have.

Honesty is the best policy as well. Whether you want access to site, a variation, or have  a deadline you need to meet, be honest about it and discuss this with your builder. Clear and open communication from both parties helps ensure you work together as a team.

Establish a rapport with your building supervisor

If you haven’t already, ask to meet your building supervisor before you start construction. Building a relationship with the supervisor will help you with any issues you may have during construction. You should be able to meet them at certain points along the way, and building trust and confidence in them is a key to a great outcome.

Not only does this help ensure the handover of process of your home is streamlined, but in almost all builds the client needs the assistance of the supervisor for access, their own trades, or other examples where you may need a hand.

A positive approach gets a positive result

This may come as a shock, but building a home never goes exactly to plan. Builder’s know this and have the knowledge and skill to adapt to a situation, but sometimes client’s get deeply frustrated by issues as they arise. There are any number of common issues that occur on site:

  • Delays with bad weather
  • Trade delays
  • Wrong item delivered or supplied
  • An unforeseen design issue
  • You are not happy with a certain finish

It’s ok to be frustrated, but you can either choose to accept it knowing it is beyond your control, or you can get emotional and let the frustration develop further.

In all situations, a positive approach will get the best result. If you are not happy with something, talk to you builder and communicate. A good builder will always try to help a client, regardless of the issue. Working together will always get the best result,

At Preferred Homes, we strive to be open an honest with all our clients. What we say may not be what you want to hear, but it will be the truth. We also have a simple philosophy on quality, if we wouldn’t accept it in our own home, we won’t accept it in yours.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create your uniquely designed custom home, and how we strive to create client’s for life