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Construction Process - Pre-Start Must-Dos - Part 2

25th July 2017

Of course building a new home can go smoothly. It happens all the time. But there are no guarantees. If you want to maximise your chances of having a dream run, then read on, take notes and be prepared.

“It takes more than one person to build a home, and they don’t happen overnight. The new homes process is all about collaboration, so get to know the people on your team, make yourself available and get involved from the get go.” -

There’s some completely clever cliche about prior preparations making sure everything goes smoothly. Or something like that. As with many cliches, and well-worn sayings, there’s more than a grain of truth in this one. This is a common theme for us - preparation - simply because it’s just so important to the new home process.

Team Work

Jump into the team from day one. Builders and architects can help you understand the process, implications and the role you’ll play so it’s time to lean in.

Communicating is key and in combination with your priorities list it’ll help you keep the team and build on track.

If an architect shows you drawings you don’t understand then speak up and ask for help. The sooner you understand the sooner you’ll have a grasp on the process and if something does go awry it’ll help you grasp where and how.

A recommended strategy is holding regular team meetings, it’s an opportunity to check in with each other and stay on track without distracting builders from their tasks at hand.

Help is at Hand

Whilst you want to do your research, it’s easy to get lost in the volume of materials and technology used in construction. Don’t be afraid to hire help when it counts to save time and money in the long-run.

Architects understand the marriage between the foundations and facade of your home. They’re a wealth of knowledge and can bring you up-to-speed on construction trends and technology. Don’t be afraid to put your foot down about what you want; just as you’re relying on the architect, they’ll rely on you for decisions and clear direction.

You may also benefit from referrals, good architects are often happy to refer engineers or builders.


Just like your budget, you’ll want to build some contingency into your schedule. Hope for the best but be prepared, assume your build will go longer than anticipated and have a plan in place if you can’t move into your home the exact date you were hoping for.

Communicate. Regularly.

Requesting status reports will help you identify causes for concern and keep track from day one. If there are any changes to construction, whether it’s changes to materials or weather conditions affecting the site, request all changes be placed in writing.

You’ll also want confirmation of how this affects your budget so you can sign off on additional costs and avoid being lumped with an extra bill later on. Keep all team members up-to-date with these changes to avoid confusion.

So, there you have it, our top Pre-Start Must-Dos. We hope they’ve made it onto your check-list. All the very best from all of us at on your new home journey.