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 Here’s a primer on being the best home building client you can be.

Building a new house or renovating an older home is exciting! It’s also a lot of work and you’ll need someone you can trust to manage that project. Here are a few tips that you can do to make sure that your relationship with your contractor will go as smoothly as possible.

You constantly make changes to the plan.

You have a plan in place for a reason. That reason is to prevent you from making last minute changes.

You shorten the timeline to completion.

If you do this, then you can expect one of two things: to live in a half-finished construction zone or to shell out more money to pay for the worker’s overtime bills.

You lower your budget or run out of money.

You should set an agreed upon price and ensure you have that amount plus an additional 1/3 of that amount in the bank to cover unforeseen expenses (a pretty standard operating practice with construction).

You make ill-advised suggestions. 

Do you really have a technical knowledge of wiring? Probably not, so let the experts do their job.

You make a lot of surprising and disrupting visits. 

Yes, you own the house and have the right to come by whenever you want, but you should set up a standing weekly walkthrough with the contractor to address your checklist and questions at once rather than peppering the workers with random questions.

You go rogue and purchase items willy-nilly without checking with the contractor.

Construction involves a lot of technicalities so before you get hooked on that reclaimed flooring, make sure that the contractor is aware so he can plan accordingly and accurately for the installation.

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You change the terms of your deal mid-stream.

If you agree to pay them once a week, then you need to honor that deal because he needs to pay his subcontractors.

You bring in another contractor to consult on your contractor’s work without telling him or warning him.

That’s disrespectful. If problems arise, address them before you get to this point.