When is it time to consult a professional?
New home projects are a lot of work and often homeowner builders underestimate the amount of time and resources required to build a new home. Many people want to be in control of the building process and feel it is not necessary to seek professional assistance. However, before you make this choice, make sure you consider the work that is involved.
In Nova Scotia, there are many custom home builder companies dedicated to helping individuals build homes that fit their needs and lifestyle. This is where the builder’s area of expertise lies and they know the process, timelines, how things work and are familiar with the details, inspections, building code and products.
Building your own home can be an amazing experience however, you need to consider if the amount of time it takes in learning all of the details and the process is worth it in the long run. There are a number of factors that often get missed during the planning stage when it comes to owner-built homes.
Building a new home takes considerable time from the planning phase through to the day you move into your new home. A professional builder is able to provide you with a work schedule so you know what to expect at certain times throughout the build. If you are building the home yourself, you need to create your own schedule. This in itself is a large job and you need to leave enough time in case of delays, weather issues or challenges which may arise during construction.
Builders have their own regular subtrades they use and because of their consistent use of these companies they could take priority over a one-time project. This could make scheduling subtrades more challenging for the person building their own home, especially if the owner is scheduling time off from their job to be on-site with the subtrades.
All homes must be built to the building code and in Nova Scotia there is also an energy code component. Although building code books can be purchased, once you begin building and the inspections start, if something is not built to the code, or if a product does not meet code requirements, this can create delays.
A professional builder has experience working with the local building officials and knows the inspection processes. Be aware this could affect the date of completion if you are doing it yourself.
Although building your own home can be a rewarding experience if you have the time, having open and clear communication with a professional builder can be equally rewarding. You are still a huge part of the process from beginning to end, but it allows you to leave the building to the professionals