Building a custom home is no easy task, especially if you have no construction experience. There is no shame in asking for help. Actually, we recommend it, and not just because this is our business. The fact is, we want those of you considering a custom home to have a great experience and enjoy the process as much as the home. The stress level that would be involved if you have never been through this could have you wondering if you made the wrong decision. We surely do not want that to happen, so lean into someone with the expertise to do this as seamlessly as possible.
Finding the Right Team
There are some aspects of finding the right construction management team that are very easy to dial into, and we are going to go over that checklist in just a second. However, we want to make one point very clear… you need to have a good chemistry with your team. Your concerns need to be their concerns and that vision must mesh. You will be spending considerable time with these individuals, and you surely do not want that to be with people you cannot stand or do not get along with, so make sure there is a chemistry right out of the gate.
Now let’s take a look at some of the qualifiers…
In this business, experience is everything, and that does not necessarily mean how long the business has been around. You can have a brand new business that is loaded with rock stars who all just decided to go out on their own. One of the most important factors is how many projects this individual or company has overseen in the past. This all but ensures you that with that experience, they have seen the challenges that arise during a construction project, and they will have a tried and true solution to address it.
Check their references and talk to others who have used them as a residential construction manager or consultant.
Staying on Budget
Once the budget is established, one of the key challenges for the project manager is going to be to keep the project on that budget and on schedule. Remember those pop-up challenges we discussed? When they happen, there are ways to ensure a rainy day or drywallers calling out sick does not derail the entire project and set it back.
Get to Know Them
This piggyback’s off our first point. As we noted above, you will be spending considerable time with this individual, so make sure there is a connection. I would encourage you to discuss this with references when you talk to them about the project that was handled for them. If there was conflict, talk about how it was resolved. Everyone puts on their best face during an interview, so you must find out how things went when the dirt started to fly.
Interested in bringing on Better Build Now as your residential construction project manager? Give us a call today at 888-402-4180.