Hiring a contractor to help you build your luxury built homes is a big step towards getting exactly the kind of property you have always wanted. When you choose to invest in the way your home is made, you have even more ownership over the outcome and it makes the stakes a little bit higher for you as well. There is a common saying you have probably heard that says “time is money.” That saying is true, especially in this context, because the more time a project takes, the more money you will spend. This is why it is important to be thoroughly involved throughout the contracting and build processes. That, however, is not always easy because you might be balancing a laundry list of other responsibilities like a job, children, spouse, hobbies, committees and other memberships, not to mention the extremely difficult task of preparing to move into a new home.
In order to make sure that the process is as efficient as possible, your communication with your luxury homes contractor needs to be top notch. Here are a few questions to ask your luxury homes contractor to make sure you are always on the same page throughout the process.
- Have there been any changes to the timeline? As you know, timeline for construction can change daily based on things like weather, delayed materials, and construction crew issues. This is to be expected, however you should always be kept aware of these situations considering it will affect your timing and budget. By making sure your contractor knows you like to be kept in the loop about timing, it will help clarify your relationship.
- What are the costs associated with that? Never be afraid to ask about specific cost, because it is, after all, your money. A contractor may suggest something to you, whether it is a different material, timeline, or way to do something, and you have every right to confirm how that would affect your bottom line.
- Is there a better alternative? By hiring a contractor, like those at Zook Bros., you are essentially acknowledging that they are the experts. When you are not sure about a certain decision, ask the people who have had experience doing the same on other job sites. Perhaps they know of a better, faster or more cost effective way to do something. If you have a good relationship with your contractor, they will almost always share that information with you.
- What do you think? Again, when in doubt, defer to the professionals. Contractors pride themselves on their expertise in their field and appreciate being asked for their opinion. Many times, they will have experience that will give them a much better frame of reference for how to get a job done.
- How are you? Never underestimate the power of creating good rapport with your contractor. If all you ever talk about is work, the human connection will be lost, meaning they will be less invested in your project. Get to know them and create a team mentality. This will make the job easier and more enjoyable on both sides.