You are probably wondering what in the world the ABQ’s of Construction are. Well, it’s just some simple things to remember when you are starting your remodel, new home, or even a special project. “A” stands for Architectural needs, “B” stands for Builder, and “Q” stands for Quality. Let’s break these down so it all makes sense.
“A” stands for architectural needs. What do you need - a remodel, new home, or just a special project done? You need to understand and know what you want to start any project. No, you don’t need to have all the details- that’s why you normally hire someone. But let’s start with a special project. Say you want an outdoor patio with a fire pit and built in bar-b-que area. Determine your location, approximate size, type of materials you might want, any accessories to incorporate, how much money you want to spend, and when you want to complete this project. Now if you want a remodel, determine what all you want done. Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel? If so, will it involve the demo and a total rebuild of your kitchen area? Do you want all new appliances, granite counters, new sink, light fixtures, and flooring? These are just a few things to think about during the architectural design stages of your kitchen remodel. Now if we are talking about a new home, there are lots of architectural needs here. Do you have a plan? If not, do you have some ideas? Regardless if you have a plan or ideas, you can always start with looking at books, internet, home shows, and more to start the process. Sitting down with an architect or builder is the best thing to get you moving in the right direction.
“B” stands for Builder. You need to find that right builder for you and your job. Interview them, get references, and look at some of their work. Whether you are hiring them to do a simple deck job, remodel, or that new home, you need to be able to communicate and work with them. And furthermore, you need to be able to trust them. There are many builders out there, but are they a fit for you? Make sure they are insured. This is protection for you and them. Make sure they give you things in writing and can stick to a timeline for delivery of your project. Don’t ever pay anyone 50 – 100% up front. Set up a draw schedule you all are comfortable with. With new homes, a bank can work on the draw schedule with all parties. Select your builder carefully.
“Q” stands for Quality. Many people proclaim to be builders, but are you going to get quality? Check out what type of work the builder does. Don’t forget to ask about the warranty of their work. Are all the subcontractors insured and do quality work? Quality can make a big difference even in the resale of your home. Quality means the builder cares and is not just out to make a buck or two. Quality goes along way.
So as you can see, the simple ABQ’s can just help you in any type of project. Just think about the simple things relating to each area. It sure can save you a lot of headaches and point you in the right direction.
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