Know Your Deadline
Do you have an immovable hard and fast deadline for handover? Do you need to be in by Christmas or before a lease expires on a rental property?
If you have a fixed deadline then it’s a good idea to share this with your builder before you start the design process.
The entire design process can take between 3-12 months to complete depending on the complexities of the design and the approvals required.
A professional builder will be able to provide a scheduled timeline once the initial design has been completed.
This will enable you to visualize how long all the different processes such as construction drawings, engineering and quoting take.
You’ll also see the impact they will have on the start date and ultimately the completion date of your new home.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that custom home builders only build a limited number of homes a year due to the high level of supervision required.
This results in limited start dates becoming available for new builds.
Delaying decisions that a builder needs to finalize a contract proposal, could result in you missing the next available construction slot, which could lead to a 3-month delay to your project starting.
Communicate with your builder regularly to check on the upcoming available start times.