As your new home unfolds, you may see an opportunity to make changes that will enhance a room or upgrade a component. This is a normal part of the process and should not cause any undue stress or hardship. Let your Builder know what you would like to change. He can tell you what is involved and provide you with a document that provides all of the details and the cost (or credit). This is called a Change Order.
They are there to do their job and may not fully understand the implications of the changes to the schedule, the structure of the building, or your financing! They may also forget to tell anyone that there was even a change discussed. Talk to your Builder and get it in writing!
As your home approaches completion it is nice to know there will not be any surprises, especially financial. The Final Bill that you receive should only show the Contract amount plus the fully approved Change Orders that you approved and signed. Clear communication and documentation will make your Dream Home a rewarding and affordable experience!
Keith Sawlor is the owner of Sawlor Built Homes and has over 30 years experience in Custom Home Building. Keith is a Certified Residential Builder and industry leader in energy efficient R-2000 homes.