The Early Bird Gets the Work, Many clients wishing to build think time and the current economy is on their side when it comes to deciding to start construction projects. Not true, site work contractors are lining up their spring work and have signed contracts to begin projects when the road bands are lifted…or the frost is out of the ground which ever comes first.
Planning for a fall moving date, you may have already missed that window. If you are thinking of building you will need to have a firm set of plans by now to get your state and local permits. We typically have 50 items on the “schedule of values list”; these items include multiple quotes for everything from Masonry work to roofing materials. The home owners choice of Cabinets, counter tops to window styles and siding colors all have to be in the bag before a realistic quote can be targeted.
Construction Delays are inevitable, try as any good builder will hold ups occur and nothing but time can fix those issues. When you hit ledge during your site work the cure is blasting…when your roofing materials are out of stock or three squares short of the order all you can do is wait. When your electrical is held up on another job all the work scheduled after him is held hostage (you can’t sheet rock if the walls aren’t wired).
Seriously if you want to be in your new house before next winter, your should be ready to pull the trigger on that project before the end of this winter. A Custom 4,000 square foot home with extensive site work and special order materials will take 9+ month to complete after breaking ground. Many home product manufactory are not warehousing the back stock like they use to. It is expensive to have all your choices sitting on the self while you are deciding. So many companies have slowed down their manufacturing process to save money while construction start is slow. But when everyone wants to turn on the faucet at the same time everyone will only receive a trickle…even if you are a good customer.
Home owners…Now is the time to set your project in motion before it occurs to everyone else…to do the same thing.