New construction can be filled with pitfalls, everything from inclement weather to contractors who take your money and run. You have probably heard stories of projects that have gone horribly wrong for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean that you have to share in that fate. There are steps you can take for keeping construction of your new home on track and most importantly on budget.
Be a Regular Visitor
There are lots of things that can happen on a construction site, your wood can be left out and exposed to the weather or you could have the wrong cabinets. The best way to solve problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Visit the construction site regularly to make sure that your future home is being built correctly and with the right materials. Contractors are people too and mistakes happen if you are there to address issues then you can prevent issues from getting worse.
Check the Construction
Once your home has been built you will have the chance to do a walk through to make sure everything is as it is supposed to be before you close. You can point out any issue or defects that need to be corrected before you take possession. You need to look at everything from minor scratches or light switches that don’t work. This is pretty similar to home inspection when you buy an existing property. You need to tell the contractor right away if something is amiss, they can’t fix something if they don’t know about it. Here are some of the things to look for.
Know your Warranty
Most states will require that there is a warranty on any new construction it can be anything from a year to ten years. Know what is covered by your warranty if there are issues with construction mistakes or shoddy workmanship. It can take a while before problems start to occur, problems like leaks or mold. You need to get them fixed before the warranty expires.
Delays Will Happen
You may want to move into your new house tomorrow but construction delays happen for a number of reasons. It can be because of weather, inspectors on vacation or appliances that didn’t arrive on time. Most builders won’t agree to a strict deadline, they know the industry and all the things that can cause delays. That being said delays are one thing don’t let your project suffer from long term delays because of construction errors. A week or two is one thing a six month delay is something else.