Manage Expectations with Pre-Construction Meetings

Fewer surprises will come up if there is good communication.
TS-78607974_blueprints_s4x3

TS-78607974_blueprints_s4x3

Architects with blueprints

Photo by: Pixland

Pixland

Related To:

To ensure that the homebuilding process goes smoothly, it's important that both the homebuilder and buyer understand each other's expectations and responsibilities before construction starts. A lack of understanding can result in construction delays and eventually an unhappy customer.

Builders expect their customers to understand the rules for building homes — what can and can't be done. The customers need to know that within those rules there are times when they'll need to make decisions. If the customers do their work on time, the builders can do their work on time. The result is a quality home that's delivered on time — the way everyone envisioned it.

For the builder and the buyer to reach a mutual understanding, it's important for them to sit down and discuss each other's expectations. The best practice is for the builder and the homeowner to have pre-construction meetings. These early meetings will range from the very start with the sales representative, through the point where they choose their styles and colors, to a pre-construction meeting with the construction superintendent that goes through, again, what the process will be in terms of homebuilding. This way, the customer understands the process. And if you communicate with them on a weekly basis, there are fewer surprises.

Historically, construction began as soon as building plans were drawn up. However, the work flow was interrupted every time the homeowner had to make a decision. As a result, homes rarely finished on schedule, and customers were often unhappy. By making decisions in advance, the work flow is fluid from start to finish. Customers understand what can and can't be done in the building process, and their expectations are more realistic — thus ensuring a better overall experience.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Managing a Bathroom Remodel

Get tips for choosing professionals and hiring contractors for your renovation project

Managing a Basement Remodel

Get tips on tracking costs, hiring contractors and working with permits.

Managing Your Home Addition

Learn how to make the project go smoothly, from keeping a journal to doing daily walk-throughs

Control Mold Through Water Management

Minimizing moisture and redirecting water will cut the risks of mold in your home.

How to Manage Mosquitoes in the Garden

Use basic strategies as well as new approaches for controlling mosquitoes in your outdoor spaces.

Grape Expectations: How to Make Grape Jelly

Turn grapes into delicious homemade jelly.

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Find out what expenses to expect in your bath renovation and learn how to manage your budget.

Remodeling a Fireplace Surround

A dated fireplace surround is jazzed up with crown molding and new paint.

Galley Kitchen Remodeling

Get all the info you need on galley kitchen remodeling, and prepare to add an efficient and functional design to your kitchen space.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.