10 building tips to make the most of your project
- Most home & cottage builders have individual specialties - either new construction, additions & renovations, or restorations - only investigate the ones applicable to what you have in mind for your home or cottage.
- Plan your construction start to not have any outside work done in the winter – some materials can not properly be installed in the cold, and the weather may encourage builders to cut corners.
- Often residential builders are not equally good at doing all things. The most appropriate builder for you will be dependent on the specifics of your project.
- For those wishing to receive the most competitive construction quote possible, avoid / minimize using ‘allowances’ (for construction materials, finishes, or components).
- Generally you may be better served in having your project built by a local builder (20 to 30 minute radius).
- Spring is often the busiest time of the year for residential builders – you may get a better job, at a more reasonable price if you can start later. (Cottages are another matter – most people want to wait until the end of the summer until they start any construction, so fall can be quite busy for these builders.)
- For sloped roof / ceilings, be aware that certain types of insulation will actually cause asphalt shingles to prematurely deteriorate, and invalidate the shingle warranty.
- Do your homework in selecting a builder. Regardless of how detailed your drawings are, the builder will make a huge difference in the outcome of your project.
- Be very leery if a builder can start ‘right away’ – most good residential builders are booked for months in advance, if not longer.
- It is very common for builders to suggest quicker, ‘cheaper’, & easier ways to do things – however often when this is the case, it is not in your best interest. Make sure first.