Two Tips for Those Who Have Just Hired a Contractor to Build Them a New Home

Posted on: 10 August 2018


If you have just hired a new home contractor to build a house for you, you may find the following tips to be helpful.

Make sure your contractor has several ways of contacting you

It is extremely important to ensure that your contractor has several ways of contacting you. As such, in addition to giving them your mobile number, you may also want to give them your email address and your work phone number. Throughout the course of the construction project, your contractor will need to get in touch with you quite regularly.

They may, for example, need to provide you with updates on the progress of the building work, inform you of any changes that need to be made to the original plans and tell you about issues that may result in delays (such as an unexpected bout of severe weather). If your phone is switched off and they have no other way to contact you, you could end up inadvertently delaying the construction of your new home.

For example, if your contractor has discovered asbestos in the soil on your plot and they cannot start building your home until this asbestos is extracted, they may need to seek confirmation from you before paying to have the asbestos professionally removed. However, if they cannot get in touch with you, they may have to simply wait until you contact them before they can initiate this process. This could delay the construction of your home by several weeks.

Do plenty of research before you instruct them to start drawing up the plans for the house

It is extremely important to spend some time doing research before instructing your new home contractor to begin drawing up the plans for your house. If you allow your contractor to start creating the building plans before you have really thought about what you want your new home to look like, there is a very good chance that you will end up changing your mind about the contents of the original plans, midway through the building process.

If this should happen, your contractor may have to put a stop to the construction project and re-do the plans to suit your new preferences. This could be time-consuming and could increase the project's overall costs. As such, it's important to do your research before the plans are drawn up, as this will ensure that you have a clear idea of what you really want your new home to look like from the outset.