There are tons of horror stories out there that people have from working with contractors and home builders. Sometimes it’s because of poor research, misaligned expectations, or someone just lying, most of the time though it comes down to communication. With communication comes its own set of problems. Building a custom home is a stressful and personal undertaking. Having a good relationship with your builder in Burlington will help ease the process and will likely result in better quality work. At BRIKS Design-Build Group, we make it our mission to provide our clients with the utmost professionalism and high-end results for their custom home builds. In this blog, we will be sharing some information about how you can employ proper etiquette for working with your builder in Burlington.
Respecting work hours will go a long way for production
The normal 9-5 hours might not completely apply but don’t call or text your home builder at 2 am. Ask them for their work hours and if you have any questions or concerns after those times you should email them. While your builder in Burlington is committed to your project, they’re also a human being with a life outside of their job. This project might be all you can think about but respect the work/life balance they have.
Get everything in writing with your builder in Burlington
Get everything that you want your home builder to complete in writing. In the end, this will save both of you from arguing about price and jobs completed. Make sure everything little thing is included too. Having a firm understanding of expectations, design choices, and job lists will help with communication and expected end results.
Communication can be conducted through visits to the job site
Any good builder in Burlington will encourage you to come to see the project during its construction phases. You’ll read a lot of people telling you to randomly drop by to make sure work is getting done. While you can drive by and do this, don’t expect a full tour at random. Your home builder will be busy working. Call ahead and set up pre-arranged times. This way they can go through everything with you in detail. Stopping by unannounced also poses safety and time issues.
Expect delays during the process
Even if the most researched and well planned out projects by the most experienced builders will encounter delays. Whether or material deliveries are a few of the most common causes of delays. Letting a delay unravel you and send you into a panic is never helpful. Don’t blame your contract unless they made a blatant error. Expect delays and learn to cope with them. Most builders in Burlington will work hard to compensate for them but if you throw a fit they’ll probably be less inclined.
Don’t take your stress out on the home builder
Custom home builders are used to absorbing some of the stress people are under during a build. Try to keep this at a minimum though. A slight tone is one thing, but a complete blowout is unacceptable. A home build is extremely stressful, but having a good working attitude with your home builder will make things go smoother. Taking your stress and frustration out on them will only make things worse.
Be on the same page as your builder in Burlington
If you’re building a home with a significant other, make sure you two are on the same page. It even helps if you select one person as the designated contact person. Preferably pick the person who is available the most. Miscommunication and mistakes get made when you and your partner are telling your home builder different things.
Have reasonable response expectations
There are a lot of times during a project where you or your builder will need a response quickly. Many aspects have strict deadlines. Before you begin, set up an ideal timeline and means of communication for these types of situations. But also set up a time frame for non-time sensitive questions or concerns. A day or two is normal. Both you and your builder in Burlington will be busy. Don’t expect them to respond within an hour to a general question.
Tips and gifts are nice, but not necessary
People often stress about tipping or gift-giving as a project begins to wrap up. Here’s the thing about tipping, it’s always nice but it isn’t necessary for a custom home project. There’s no set percentage so figuring out can be complicated. Some people like to give money, other’s gifts, some just throw a party for their builder and contractors at the end. If you feel they did excellent work and have a good relationship with them some gesture to show your appreciation is always great.
Know when to stop designing
At a certain point, you will need to stop yourself from going on Pinterest and Instagram. These sites are full of great ideas but after a certain stage changing things around really isn’t feasible. Continuing to look will just make you wish you could continue to add and change. In most cases, your builder in Burlington will have a deadline for your design plans to be completed. This ensures that each phase is started and completed in a timely manner.
Why choose BRIKS Design-Build Group as your builder in Burlington?
BRIKS Design-Build Group is a leading Burlington based Boutique Design-Build and Construction Management firm offering unparalleled General Contracting services to our Clients for all types of Residential and Commercial projects. BRIKS Design-Build Group is a full-service Design-Build Firm, specializing in Architectural Design & Permits, New Build Construction, Custom Luxury Homes, Major Renovations & Additions, Remodeling, and Interior Design. Our Commercial division caters to clients in the Hospitality, Retail Boutiques, Automotive, Healthcare, Institutional, and Office market segments.
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