We all hate seeing those road signs that say, “Expect Delays,” when we’re traveling. Whether you’re headed to work or out of town, you want to get to your destination—not sit around waiting.
While I’ve never actually seen a sign on a home construction site that cautioned about potential delays, there are some signs that your Poconos custom home could be delayed. Here’s a look at a few common causes and what you can do to avoid delays and get to your destination (a custom home you’ll love) sooner.
- Financing: Believe it or not, if you don’t have your financing in order, that can actually delay the start of your home. Nothing happens until the finances are decided. It’s a smart move to get yourself approved for your loan before you even begin the building process; this will help you determine how much home you can really afford, and it ensures you and your builder won’t be delayed waiting for approval from your lender. Here’s some additional help to smooth out the financing process.
- Making and ordering selections on time: When you build a custom home, you get to choose a lot of the elements that go into your home – flooring, cabinets, lighting, countertops, hardware, etc. But in order for your builder to put those items in place, they have to be on hand before installation begins. If your builder has to sit around and wait for the materials to show up, that can cause serious delays.
- Extensive changes after construction begins: One of the great things about building a custom home is that you’re not locked into a generic plan. You can make adjustments and adaptations. But when you make those changes (particularly if they’re extensive) can really affect the schedule. For instance, if you decide you want to make the master suite bigger after it’s already been framed in, you could cause a significant delay (and incur some hefty charges) because the builder may need to undo something he’s already built. It’s better to take the time up front to make sure you have the plan you want. That doesn’t mean you can’t make changes along the way, but expect it to impact your schedule and cost you more.
In some ways, building a custom home is a bit like planning a trip. Some good planning before the trip begins can get you to your destination faster and make the whole experience a lot more fun and less stressful.