Building a new home is exciting, but it’s also nerve-wracking. You get to make all the decisions — so many that they will quickly wear on you and may cause you to second-guess (or even third-guess) yourself. Sleepless nights are often part of the equation.
It’s not like it was a century ago in the days of the old craftsman house kits you could order from the Sears catalog. Not to minimize the amount of labor that went with these — after all, you still had to build the house — but many fewer choices needed to be made.
You may want to jump headlong into your project, but you’ll have an easier time if you plan out each step carefully before you break ground. You may know others who built their own homes and endured long stretches in which no work was being done because everyone was waiting for materials or the availability of a certain contractor or skilled craftsman.
Don’t let that happen to you.
After finding your ideal plot of land, getting blueprints and securing funding, your next step should be hiring a reliable general contractor. Some people want to try to act as their own general contractor, hiring framers, plumbers, masons, electricians, etc., on their own, but you should not attempt this unless you have experience and are either retired or otherwise not working.
What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You
General contracting is not only a full-time job, it requires skill and experience. What you’re thinking of actually may not be a good idea, or even possible.
For example, suppose your framing is done and you are looking at bathroom fixtures and decide you’ve always wanted a real, porcelain clawfoot tub. These cast-iron-based behemoths weigh a few hundred pounds empty — when you add water and a bather, the weight can easily exceed 1,000 pounds. Can your floor handle it?
If not, the framers have to be called back in to reinforce this area, and if the finish work has already been done, it will have to be ripped out and re-done.
Is your hot water heater already installed? If you chose a 40-gallon one, that would have been adequate for ordinary use, but a big tub can hold 60 gallons. More changes, more expenses.
Know Your Workers
An experienced general contractor can help you avoid costly mistakes like this. A contractor who has worked in your area for a long time is also invaluable when it comes to hiring workers. Electrician A may do a good job, but he may not show up when he says he’s going to. Plumber B’s rates might be great, but his work may be shoddy, or he may pad the final bill with hidden fees.
Falk Construction has been building and remodeling houses in and around the Ogden area for 33-plus years. Rely on us to be your general contractor when you are building a new home, and rest assured your project will go smoothly and be completed on time.