Change Happens! - Keep This in Mind!

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.

  • Do not make changes based on a handshake or verbal communication.

  • Do not assume it is free. (No problem does not mean no charge!)

  • Do not assume it will happen automatically, and most of all, never discuss the changes with the workers onsite.

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 Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.


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