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Changes During Building
A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013 4:53 PM

So many times we get asked about changes during construction. When can you make them, what will they cost, what happens if you wait until later, etc.

This can really start at the design stage if you stop to think about it. If you have plans in your head, then you see them on paper and it is not what you want – speak up. This is your home. It is best to change the designs at this stage. Normally this will not cost you. Talk to your builder about how they charge for the designs and changes.

What happens if you see some things you want to change during construction? Let’s use the example of adding or moving plugs. If you see you want to add some plugs, this can be done during framing. If sheet rock has been completed, it probably would cost you a lot more to add that plug then at framing stage. What if you want to move a plug? If you see you want to move a plug during framing, this might be done easily depending on amount of wiring. If there is not enough wiring, it might cost more to change it out. If you want to move the plug after sheet rock, yes, it will cost you more. Walking the home at framing and requesting possible changes is most definitely better than walking it at sheet rock and requesting changes.

The more you have defined up front and your selections made will make the construction go so much smoother. However, during construction, sometimes you want to change some of the selections. Here again, just ask what it will entail. What if you want to change out a door type? Or a bath tub style? Or flooring? Something like the bath tub style could affect the plumbing, so the sooner you ask, the better this could be. Again, talk to your builder about what you are concerned with. This will be your home and it’s better to have all those things you want resolved verses wishing you would have changed it.

There are so many things that can change during construction to list. That is why I emphasize talking to your builder during the process. There are some changes that will require a change order. The change order will detail the change and there could be additional money associated with it.

Communication is the key. Walk and Talk with your builder at the various stages of construction. This is your home and the builder wants you to be happy. When you are happy, you refer them to others.

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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