The inherent nature of the custom home building process is to be able to accommodate change orders as the home’s construction project continues. The experienced and seasoned custom home builder will accommodate these types of requests and adapt the schedule as required. Read on to learn what you’ll have to know about change orders while building a custom home here in Maryland!
Understanding the Change Order Process in Advance
For custom home building, you will need to have this talk with your builder in advance. The margin added to a change order rarely ever recoups all of the associated time or administrative resources that are required to accommodate the actual change order. In fact, a lot of builders would much prefer to build a new custom home without any change orders, but the nature of home building is to provide the homeowner with the ability to customize their house to their liking fully. Even during the construction phase, it wouldn’t be a custom home without customizations being made at any step along the way.
How a Change Order Affects Your Schedule
While custom home builders are typically adept at accommodating change orders, it is crucial to remember that change orders could later your construction schedule, push your production timelines and might cause a ripple effect in other areas of the project. So, it is crucial to consider each change order and its impact on the overall construction schedule. For example, if one client decided, after their house was under the roof, and they were able to walk the space, that they wanted additional square footage on their main level or kitchen, it could be done but not without consequences. This would require a big shift in the schedule, for at least six to eight weeks. This would also cost a fair bit of extra money.
How to Pay for Any Change Orders
It is worth noting that most change orders are not included in your original financing plan for your home. So, in many cases, change orders will require either the homeowner to pay off these costs out of pocket or to communicate with their lender for ways to cover these costs.
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