Selecting your builder is one of the most important decisions you will make when building a new construction or renovating a home.  Hiring a great team from the onset is vital to ensure success for your project. And building your team means first carefully researching and selecting all team members, including the builder, architect, and designer (interior and landscape).  As you are putting together your team, it’s important to do your homework and ask many questions.

  • How many years have you been in business?

  • Do you have a list of references that I can contact?

  • Do you have a proven track record?

  • How many homes have you built? Renovated?

  • What is your communication style (frequency, response time)?

  • Who will manage the project and what is the process?

  • Do you utilize available software to track your project schedule, budget, documents, and communication?

  • What controls do you have in place to keep projects on time and on budget?

  • What are the types of contracts offered and terms?

  • Will the builder file all permits, be responsible for inspections, and all subcontractors and material suppliers?

  • What licenses and insurance do you have and what is the insurance verification process for subcontractors?

TIP:  It can also be helpful to consult family and friends who have been through the process. Or, even schedule to visit a project or two with the builder in order to see a project in action.

Pre-Construction Process

Builder selection for a new home build, renovation and/or refresh is important to do at the onset of the project.  Having the builder work as a team with the homeowner, architect and designer(s) will save time and money in the long run.  

We work with the team from the very beginning, through each phase of the design.  Our pre-construction process includes:
  • Establishing a budget (initial through final)

  • Construction timeline development and review for construction feasibility

  • Complete procurement plan outlining 

    Risk analysis; Draw schedule, City permitting requirements, timing; Site plan and evaluation with engineers, surveyors, etc.; Cost impact of materials and product
  • Evaluation and recommendations, such as ways to save money and/or time

Every construction project is unique and there are many steps in the process from start to finish. Planning ahead can help your project move smoothly and efficiently.    Learn more about our complete process from start to finish here.   

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