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5 Tips to Speed up Your Custom Home Build

One major question people have about their builds is, How long is this going to take? As you save time on your build you will also be saving money. Construction loan interest, current rent/mortgage payments, and increasing labor time or tool rentals increase cost as projects stretch past their initial time frame. Luckily there are some ways the client can influence the speed of the building process.

We've included below 5 tips of things you can do to ensure your build is completed as quickly as possible.

Tip #1 - Create Detailed Plans

It's a good idea to decide on as many things as you can before you start your build, and before those items arise in the building process. Indecision is one of the most common causes of delays in builds.

Consider these things:

  • What types of finishes do you want in your home? Select:

    • Light and plumbing fixtures

    • Paint colors

    • Trim and door preferences

    • Flooring, which types and where they go

    • Special accommodations, i.e.. if you want extra outlets in certain areas, or heated floors, more lighting

      • These things often need to be clarified early in the process

    • Tile selections

    • Etc.

Remember, changes that occur after items have been completed delay projects and often increase cost.

Tip #2 - Select and Experienced Builder

Selecting an experienced builder for your project enhances the likelihood of a faster construction process. An experienced builder will have solid reliable subcontractors, and will know how far ahead to schedule important progress points. They'll be very communicative and help you make important decisions on time.

A high quality builder will also be able to fix any quality control items well before they become a big issue. They'll be able to recognize when projects are falling behind schedule, and will work to get them back on track.

Tip #3 - Work Through Problems Early On

Sometimes there are complications with projects. Maybe we're building over an old foundation, or we have to move some overhead powerlines underground. It's a good idea to start tackling these problems early on, as sometimes there are unknowns that take time to complete.

For example, when building over where an old house used to be, there are multiple ground compaction steps and testing that need to take place. Ensure your builder knows who to contact and the steps they need to take to avoid major delays in completing this important step properly.

Tip #4 - Consider the Weather

Maybe you got started late on your project and are forced to work through the winter. It's a good idea to have gotten through some of the early stages of concrete before the freezing weather hits to avoid potential delays. High highs and low lows of weather often cause some difficulty in the building process, so take into account when you're starting your build and any complications that might arise with the weather.

Tip #5 - Quality Control

Lastly, you'll want to ensure quality in your build process. Check for anything that is broken, ensure that all of the fixtures and appliances are working properly, and make sure that the quality is up to your standard. Checking for quality throughout the process will help avoid potential delays in fixing those quality issues later. Your builder takes a lot of this load, so be sure to communicate with them on quality issues.

Overall, these are a few things that you can do to speed up your building process. Picking the right builder is one of the most important parts of this, as they greatly influence the process. Check out our "How to Pick the Right Builder" Post.


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