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Building Your Own House?

4 Home Construction Tips To Help You Achieve Success

There are several things you need to know before, during, and after you plan your home. Whether you have grown tired of looking at your current house or want to sell your house and need to make it presentable, you may need both an interior and exterior remodel. Before planning any house remodeling, you should have a basic understanding of what you want done, have a good idea how much it will cost you, and know if there are any restrictions for additions in your county.

Determine What You Want Done Before Custom Building a Home

When you plan your home, you should ask the builder if they understand what the current building codes are and have agreed to adopt them before letting them start your project. For example, builders in West Chester, PA are required to obtain a building permit before doing any construction. If you are planning on renovating an old home in a historic district, you'll have to consult with your local Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) before your project can begin.

At Forest Ridge Builders, we takes the guesswork out of obtaining a building permit and will work with the municipality to satisfy their building codes. Plumbing and electrical permits will also be needed for projects that require a complete replacement, addition, or renovation of existing sewer lines and electric wires running in the house. A good analysis of what you want to have done will go a long way to helping you realize your dreams of remodeling or building a new house.

Get Estimates of Cost for Labor, Materials and Other Related Costs

Once you have decided what your project plan, you should ask the builder to estimate labor and material costs for your construction project. You should also have a good idea of how the new custom home build, room addition, or remodel will look when it is finished. It is important that you understand what materials will be used, have an estimate of material costs, and know the time it will take to complete the project. Furthermore, you need to factor in the added insurance costs and other fees that you may be responsible for paying.

Make Sure You Have Everything in Writing Before Committing to Your Project

The next step of your project timeline and after you have the estimated costs, you know what you want to do, and you are ready to start on your project, you should have a written contract specifying everything you want done. Verbal communication can be easily misunderstood and you could be left "holding the bag" for unexpected expenses. Written proposals have a better chance of being followed and are proof of your communication with the builder. Forest Ridge Builders believes that good communication is a key component to any project, big or small.

Have a Quality Checklist Before Signing off on Building Your Dream House

Quality checklists are important when doing any construction project. You should make sure all building inspections have been completed before you sign off on development. A good builder will be upfront and honest with you from the very beginning of your project. You should have a written record of your proposal, drawings, and a contract for the specified work. At Forest Ridge Builders we can create custom home floor plans and build the home of your dreams.

We are also the best choice for home remodeling in Chester County and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to start your project plan!