How to Work with a Custom Build Contractor
If you’re building a custom space, you need it to go as smoothly as possible. This includes your relationship with the builder, which makes it easier if you have someone you can trust. Your contractor will rely on you for many things throughout the project, and understanding your relationship while working together as a team will determine how smoothly your project goes. Fortunately, it is possible to have a smooth and positive experience throughout the building process. Here are a few tips for working with a custom builder.
Have a Plan in Place
Before you create a contract, have a plan for the build. Discuss what you want out of the project and what features you would like to include in your space. Working with a design-builder will help you execute floor planning and provide you with 3D renderings and architectural blueprints for your upcoming project. Be sure to specify the types of finishes you want, such as electrical and plumbing fixtures, flooring and tile, doors and windows, trim details, and even paint colors. Once all these details are worked out, the project will run smoothly from start to finish without any delays. Procrastinating your decision on what finishes you want will only prolong the project and potentially slow it down completely.
Discuss and Finalize the Contract
Your contract may be the most critical aspect of a build. The contract spells out all of the agreements on scheduling, payment, communication and updates, and how disputes will be handled. It’s crucial to have a clear contract that both parties agree on so that if anything comes up throughout the project, you are both on the same page.
Receive Updates Regularly
Many intricacies come with building a custom space. Ask your contractor to update you as often as possible so that you are not in the dark about what is happening with your project. You do not want your renovation or build to be a mystery. You may ask for daily updates to understand what work occurred that day, any materials or scheduling delays, any requests for information, or change orders that may be needed. This open line of communication can help you track any delays in the process.
Resolve Disputes with Contractor
With most custom build projects, you are likely to run into a few bumps in the road. There are a lot of moving parts, and the journey may not always go according to plan. If you feel like something isn’t going correctly, you should set up a time to talk to your contractor in person. It would be best not to resolve issues over text or email because you are more likely to miscommunicate. When you speak face-to-face, you are more likely to come up with solutions everyone can agree with.
Creating a successful relationship with your builder will mean a smoother, faster project so that you can enjoy the excitement and creativity of building your dream kitchen or bathroom. At Bohan Contracting, we understand the complexity of a custom build and how vital your residential space is to your family. If you need more information on how we can help you renovate or build your bathroom or kitchen, contact us by calling 410-417-6972 or send us an email today!