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Building a custom home on a lot you purchased is a great way to get the house of your dreams. There's no denying, though, the process can be very stressful for both you and the contractor handling the construction. Maintaining a good relationship with the contractor under these circumstances can be challenging, but here are two things you can do to keep things cordial between you and the person building your home, such as:
Only Request Changes with the Contractor
Of course, the contractor won't be building your home by his or herself. The professional will have lots of help putting up the structure. You can expect there to be a number of employees and subcontractors wandering around the property completing different tasks at the direction of the contractor.
When you want something done or changed, it will be tempting to just tell an employee or subcontractor directly. However, you want to avoid doing this for a couple of reasons. First, these people are being paid by the contractor and what you want changed may involve additional costs. Contractors don't like getting surprised by bills any more than you do, and directing employees is a surefire way to cause this issue.
Second, whatever you're asking the worker to do may not be covered by your contract. Thus, if something goes wrong, you may not have recourse to sue for damages. Requesting the change directly with the contractor gives him or her the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to the contract to ensure both of you are protected.
Get Everything in Writing
Speaking of contracts, another thing you can do to maintain a civil relationship with the building contractor is to put everything in writing. For instance, when doing a walk-through at the end of the construction phase, be sure to write down any issues that need to be addressed before the project is completed (e.g. fixing a broken window lock).
Putting all requests and changes in writing minimizes the risk there will be misunderstandings between you and the contractor, which can cause the relationship to go off the rails if the problem is significant enough. Additionally, this will give you something to refer to if disputes arise between you and the contractor during the course of erecting your custom home.
Having a good relationship with your custom home builders can make the process of building a home go much easier. To learn more, contact a contractor in your area.