Our goal at Cherry Creek Homes is to make the process of building a custom home in Warman enjoyable and rewarding. How do you keep your sanity while choosing colours, flooring, cabinets and the many other decisions that must be made? How do you ensure you are getting what you want while staying on budget?
Here are 4 simple steps for a rewarding home building experience:
1. Have the right Perspective
Yes, you are making one of the biggest purchase decisions of your life. Yes, this is the place you will call “home”. As important as this is, it is not the most important thing in life. Relationships and good health are much more important than picking the right colour cabinets! When you are in the midst of a difficult decision, step back and gain the proper perspective. The house can wait a minute … go hug your spouse! If you keep the right attitude throughout the process it will go much smoother.
2. Plan for Extras
When you sign your contract, we provide a firm quoted price for your house. With almost every build, there are things that come up later that you didn’t consider. A heated garage, more expensive flooring, multiple paint colours or fancier plumbing fixtures can all add costs to your project. When you start out you might think you can live without an option, but as the project moves along you realize you really wanted that option and add it in. Allow for this up front! When you sign the contract, assume you will spend at least another $5,000 on options.
3. Stay Involved
Have you ever played the telephone game where one person whispers a message to the next person, who whispers to the next, etc? It is human nature for messages to get mixed up as they are passed along. By visiting your new home regularly, you can ensure that your instructions are being followed properly and nothing is missed. It is far simpler to correct something during the build rather than at the end. It’s ok to ask questions … there is no such thing as a dumb question! As good as we are we sometimes make mistakes and I would rather catch them right away. Different stages may require more or less frequent visits, but plan to visit your building site at least twice a month.
4. Choose the Right Builder
The most important step is to select the right builder. Look for someone who truly cares about your needs. Do they answer their phone or return calls in a timely manner? Do they treat you with respect even when you don’t know what you are asking for? Are they easy-going with changes? Do they “go with the flow” when things don’t go as planned? Most of all, do they build quality homes? At Cherry Creek Homes we provide you with a quality built home and a great relationship along the way.
You have made an important decision to build a new home in Warman. We can’t always prevent problems but if you follow these four simple steps your project will flow much smoother. Most importantly, we will still be friends long after I have handed you the keys to your fabulous new home!