The project process of your own home construction can sometimes seem like a frustrating process. When you are managing your own home's construction process, you need to be aware that it can sometimes take a year or more to complete. During this process, it is never a bad idea to enlist the help of friends and family.
Purchasing land is the first phase in your residential construction project process. In purchasing your land, you will want to make sure you know what the land has been approved for. Check with the township or local municipality (your realtor or a local builder will be able to show you who to contact at your local municipality). Check to make sure that your land can be used for residential purposes. Also, find out what the building envelope is. You will want to make sure that you know how big of a house you will be allowed to build on your parcel of land. The last thing you want is to purchase a plot of land and then find out that you cannot put the house of your dreams on it.
Once you have secured your piece of land, you will need to begin to work with the architect and builder about the design of your home. The design should be established and then the architect should commit the design to a construction permit process. It is at the end of this process when you will receive a construction permit for your home, from the local municipality. While you are developing your plans for your home, make sure your contractors and architects are certified and capable to work in your local area.
Hiring a General Contractor
Even though you may have all the time in the world to oversee your own home construction process, it is always a very good idea to enlist the help of a general contractor that can manage the employees and oversee your project. Look for someone that has experience in building and overseeing custom residential homes.
Scheduling & Organizing Contractors
As you enter into the process of hiring different contractors, you will undoubtedly run into scheduling conflicts and problems Be prepared to have to shift and update your schedule accordingly. Consider the type of contractors you will have to organize during the building of your home. You are going to have to hire plumbers, roofers, electrical and mechanical contractors. You will start with hiring those that will pour your foundation and then you will move onto scheduling the contractor responsible for putting up the framing. The timing of every one of these contractors will become altered because of weather problems, material delays and potentially labor disputes.
Keeping to a Budget
During the management of your home construction process you will want to try and stay within budget. This is usually a key component in your home's construction process. That said, you will find that every contractor is looking to upsell and to add additional components to their segment. Stay firm on your plans and your pricing.