You’ve chosen your builder and picked the perfect floorplan, but your work as a buyer has only just begun. Sure, choosing your plan was the fun part, but building your home requires more input than selecting paint colors. Your builder looks to you for guidance, and you’ll rely on your builder to keep the process running smoothly. Snags are bound to happen, but if you’ve set realistic expectations from the start, you’ll have a better experience.

Knowing how to communicate with your builder and understanding your role as buyer is the best way to stay sane while building your home. By laying the groundwork ahead of time, you can make sure your build stays on track.

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Focus on the contract

Before you break ground, your builder will present you with a contract. Don’t sign on the dotted line until you (and your agent, if you have one) has been through it with a fine-toothed comb. Your contract provides everything from dates to warranties to cancellation policies. Your builder wants to plan ahead for any contingencies, and the contract will reflect years of working with buyers and addressing their concerns. Take the time to read it and clarify anything you don’t understand or aren’t comfortable with.

Discuss the timeline for building your home

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Establishing a timeline early in the process of building your home makes life easier down the road.

Once you have a handle on the contract, it’s time to talk timelines. While your home is being built, you’ll be in a flurry of activity yourself. From selling your current home to calling moving companies, you’ll need to plan ahead. While it’s almost impossible to get firm dates for every stage of building your home, a general timeline can help you be prepared. Your builder should be happy to give you an idea of what happens, when it happens and when you’ll be able to move into your new home. Getting a structured timeline can help you feel more confident in your next steps as a buyer and homeowner.

Ask questions

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Not sure about something? Ask your builder to explain.

You’re not homebuilding expert; that’s your builder’s job. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and foster open and honest communication throughout the process. Setting expectations for better communication before building your home lets your builder know that you want transparency and honesty every step of the way. Ask questions to fully understand your role and what your builder needs from you; then give your builder the same benefit.

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