Expect the Unexpected During Construction

Right At Home Daily: Ilyce's Corner
Ilyce Glink for Right At Home Daily

When they finally decided to build a new home, Linda and Jimmy hired the best-known (and most expensive) builder in their area. They paid the premium for his services, because they assumed there would be few, if any, real problems with the construction.

Wrong. When it comes to building or doing a major renovation on your home, there are always going to be problems, no matter how much you pay your contractor.

There's no substitute to showing up at the construction site every day of the job. Whether you're spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, make it a point to visit the job site at least once a day.

With luck, you'll catch small problems before they grow into something that's expensive and time-consuming to correct.

Ilyce Glink is the bestselling author of 100 Questions Every First Time Home Buyer Should Ask, and is the Managing Editor of Right at Home Daily.

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Thanks for these, Lynn. My DH and I are seriously considering selling the ranch and building our dream home on the farm. We have turned down a couple offers on this place in the last year, but the offer does keep going up. Someday we won't be able to turn it down. When we do, it will not only pay off the ranch, but dang near completely pay for a brand new 2,500 sq foot home. The thought of being mortgage free is a very tempting thought.

We have the smell of new construction in our nostrils right now. My garage is currently (as in: as we speak, the workers are out there now) turning our garage into living space (dh's music room/office) and just replacing the garage door with windows and doors has the fresh construction smell! And it is sweet!

I imagine that when we build our dream home, wild horses can't drag me away from being there every day!

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