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Identifying the Key Players of your Home Building TeamWhen it comes to building a new home, it is important that you have a strong team (all the people involved in the building process) to help you along the way. Your home building team will consist of most or all of the people listed below. In some cases, there may be additional members to your home building team that are not identified here. It is necessary to familiarize yourself with the people you will be working with throughout the construction of your new home and what their roles are during construction.
- Architect/Residential Designer – Person responsible for making any modifications to the stock blueprints to suit the homeowner’s needs or desires. Also, makes adjustments to the blueprints in order to meet building requirements for the region or location where the home is to be built.
- Builder/General Contractor – The person responsible for overseeing the construction of a new home from start to finish. Provides bids for construction, creates and follows a construction timeline, oversees site preparation, takes care of ordering and delivery of materials, hires, organizes and oversees all subcontractors and construction crews, works with all key players at various stages of construction, maintains open lines of communication with the future homeowner and does a final walk-through of the home with the homeowner.
- Building Inspector – Makes various inspections of the property and home throughout construction from grading the land and pouring the foundation to the finished home. Ensures the home meets national and local building codes. (In some cases the building inspector and building official are the same person.)
- Building Official – Person responsible for approving construction of a new home in a particular municipality and issuing building permits. (In some cases the building inspector and building official are the same person.)
- Lender – Institution or bank representative overseeing the construction loan and mortgage for your new home.
- Subcontractors – Crews of specialized tradesmen that perform a specific task for the construction of your new home such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and roofers.
Now, let’s not forget you. As the future homeowner, you are a member of the team too, and this is your home we are talking about. So what is your role in this lengthy but exciting process? Your job is to ask questions, inspect or review progress, and discuss ideas, problems and other issues with the general contractor. Also, you must communicate thoughts clearly to your builder, building officials and anyone else that may be at the jobsite. Check with your lender and find out what you will need for the closing and then be prepared when you get there. Provide necessary paperwork to your building official when it is requested. Make note of specific dates and times in regards to construction, meetings and other planning issues and arrive on time. Check in with the general contractor often to monitor progress.
Other than you, it is clear that the builder or general contractor is the most important member of your construction team, so be sure to do your homework. It is necessary that the builder not only communicates well with you, but the rest of the team members as well. You are putting your future home in his or her hands. Interview several builders, get written estimates from each one, check out references and visit other homes he or she has built to take a look at the craftsmanship and quality of the home. Your new home is the place you’ve been dreaming of and the place where you plan to spend your future, so don’t settle for less than a top-quality builder.
While you may not work directly with all of the team members, it is your job to know who they are and what their roles are in regards to the construction process. If you familiarize yourself with the team members mentioned here and their roles during construction, all the steps of the building process with go more smoothly for you and you won’t be caught off guard when a problem or issue arises. Building a new home can be a very overwhelming task, but it can be fun and exciting if you educate yourself about all aspects of the building process, starting with your home building team.
For more information please read Choosing a Contractor and Tips for Hiring a Builder or Contractor.
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