Thinking of building your dream house? Before you start, arm yourself with some basic information that will save you time and money in building your first custom home. This handy guide will detail what you should know before you approach a general contractor.
Table of Content
An Exciting Time
About this Guide
Why Hire a GC?
The Benefits of Working with a General Contractor
Investigating General Contractors
Make a List and Check it Twice
What to Ask References
Narrow Down the List
The Bidding Process
Ask for Written Bids
Compare Bids with a Fine Tooth Comb
Beware of the Low Ball
Written Contracts and Agreements
You've Chosen a General Contractor, What's Next?
What to Include in Your Contract
A Word about Home Warranties
Make Changes in Writing
Working with your GC during the Construction of your Home
Confirm that all Permits have been Acquired
Carefully Plan your Project
Communicating with your GC is Vital
When Things go Wrong
Why People have Home Building Nightmares
Murphy's Law is Right: Something will go Wrong
Where to Complain
Homeowner Construction Lien and Contractor Recovery Funds
Understanding Construction Liens
Finally, Your Custom Home is Built! Now What?
A VERY IMPORTANT Checklist