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Walk and Talk
A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 • Posted July 25, 2013 4:44 PM

Walk and Talk is the perfect form of communication. You can walk and talk with your builder from the beginning of conception of your dream home. The land is a great place to start. Share your views with the builder and listen to the builders views too. I would suggest you walk and talk with your builder at every stage of construction.

Starting at layout for location of your home. You and the builder can place the stakes on where you would like the home to be located. This will allow the builder to shoot the grades(how much difference in the elevations of your land), be able to set up the job site, know where the well or septic will go, and more. This is all done prior to framing for the slab.

During the framing of the slab, you can see how the house will actually be. Followed by the pouring of the slab. Walk the slab and talk to the builder about all the plumbing and electrical area.

Framing will help you see the shaping of your home. Now you can see rooms, and start visualizing any possible changes, flooring, granite, colors, lighting, and more. This is an excellent time to walk and talk with the builder. Talk about where tile might change to carpet, where you might want to hang heavy art work, where you might want to add a cove for that vase, how far you want that book shelve to come out in the den, where you might want an extra light to hang down, or whatever else comes up during this walk. It is so much easier to visual what you want now and the most likely the builder can accommodate minor changes or enhancements. Remember – this is your home and most changes are possible.

Sheet rock will make is really start looking like a house. This will most definitely start to give you that visual. Again, always speak up if you have a question or want a change. It could be a simple change. Your builder will be glad to explain the stages now and future.

Ask your builder about getting samples of flooring, granite or Formica, cabinet samples with various stains, paint for walls and trim, so you can see how this will all come together. You might have several ideas that you are trying to decide between. Bring them to the house, look at them, ask your builder if they would recommend anything else if you can not make a decision. Take these same samples to your current home and compare with your furniture or in the light of your home. Put them on the floor, up against a wall, and live with them. Its amazing how this helps.

Upon completion, this is the most important walk and talk. Have the builder show you how things work, point out anything that might need a slight touch up, get warranty information on the house and appliances, etc. If you have concerns or questions, please talk to your builder.

Walk and Talk helps both the home owner and the builder keep the line of communication open and stay on the same page for the project. The good thing, you just might end up being friends too when the project is over. Enjoy this time of building.

For ALL Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at (713)818-6658 or (830) 833-4249/ debbie@vallonerealestate.net .

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