There’s a lot involved in the building process. It can be a stressful time for a homeowner and/or business owner’s life. There’s so much to be done in what seems to be so little time. Below are some easy ways you can help ensure the construction process flows as smoothly as possible with as little errors as possible.
- Visit the site as much as possible. Don’t wait until the final walk-through to inspect the area. Be a part of the process as much as possible; it’s YOUR home after all and you should stay informed on the ins and outs of the process. You will definitely want to walk through after your home has been surveyed and staked after framing is finished and mechanical installation has begun (this is the perfect time to address issues with walls, such as electrical wiring or ventilation), and at the end when you and the builder will review the punch list. Don’t be afraid to visit every day; you may even spot issues that can easily be fixed due to being identified early on in the process.
- Keep your eyes on the punch list. A punch list keeps track of all of the issues that have occurred during the building process. Keep this list with you and update it as these issues are resolved. During the final walk through, pull it out to double check that all items have been crossed off the list.
- Use your warranty if you must. Depending on where you live, you may be offered a construction warranty. Filing a claim on your policy can help fix the issues created by construction errors or unexpected problems such as mold.
- Remain flexible and remember that construction takes time. Although a curveball can come at any time during construction, such as bad weather, discuss time frames with your builder. They may not be able to tell you how long the entire build will take to complete, but they should be able to tell you how long each step will take, such as framing or roofing.