What You Can Expect When Building Your Family Dream Home
Home truly is where the heart is, and getting into your dream home can be harder than it seems. If searching the market is out of the question for you, then building is the way to go. However, managing your home's construction can have its own challenges. When you’re managing home construction, you’re not only responsible for making sure your home is erected according to the blueprints with the features specified, but you’re also responsible for the accuracy of your desired plans. As a future homeowner, you expect to see a house that matches the floor plans, elevations, and features indicated in the builder’s brochure There’s a lot for you to keep track of. Here’s what you should expect.
Planning the Work
Before you break ground, you need to make sure that you’ve secured approval from local jurisdictions for planned home design. You will also need to ensure you’ve got the right permits to cover the work needed to build the house as well as having the credit secured to finance your project:
- Securing a credit line
- Earthwork and site development
- Designing with your contractor
- Home construction
- Interior Design
- Packages and add-ons
Building a home without permits can threaten the successful completion of your project, leading to expensive fines or worse, the local jurisdiction putting a lien on the property. Certain construction elements such as the concrete foundation slab will likely require inspection by the local city or county to ensure it meets code.
Maintaining Safe Work Zones
Construction zones of any type are inherently hazardous and it’s up to you maintain a safe work site. Operating dangerous equipment as well as location-specific dangers such as falling and the use of chemicals pose threats to the safety of everyone in and around the work zone. This may also include visitors to the site. Your construction manager will need to actively manage the safety risks to the people in and around the work zone:
- OSHA-approved training for working in dangerous environments
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats and hard-toe boots to protect workers from injury
- Defined plans on how to address emergency situations
- Cordoning off unsafe areas
- Making sure tools and equipment are handled responsibly by workers who are trained to use them
Tracking Work Progress
Project management wisdom says that if a thing can’t be measured and monitored, then it can’t be managed. As the buyer, you have to keep track of your project schedule and know what the expected completion timeline looks like. A good construction manager will create a plan ahead of time based on the construction phases of the home and present them to you before construction even begins. For example, building the frame may take one week and require ten workers to ensure the work gets done in a week. Installing the cabinets in the kitchen may only take one day and require two installers for the work. Not only should you know what has been mapped out, you need tools such as construction scheduling software that helps you actively track progress of your future home and ensuring that the project is on track. Don't be too flustered if your project gets delayed, you want to make sure your home is perfect.
Completing Inspections and Quality Control
Throughout the job, inspections on the various aspects of the house will be completed to ensure your family is safe when moving day finally comes. Major elements such as the foundation and how the plumbing connects to the municipality’s water systems usually require inspection from local officials to make sure the structure will meet code. Other elements of the home will require quality control. You'll likely be tempted to conduct your own inspections of the work to ensure that the home was built as promised and as per plan.
Building a house is an important task. This structure will be your castle and where you make memories with your young family, live your lives and lay down to rest. It’s important for you as the lead to make sure the home is built according to plan with the budget and schedule allotted.
When moving day finally comes, you'll be happy you decided to build a home that is perfect to your family's needs. Now that you're in your new home, make sure to make the most of the time you have with your family in there.