Chances are that you still have a long way to go before we need to discuss what happens when your house is complete. In fact, if you are building your own home, you may find that you never really finish working on it. Even when you think the project is just about complete, you will still have some of the most frustrating work ahead of you – the punchout work. Replacing those two broken tiles, hiding that bad drywall seam, fixing the squeaky floor in the dining room, or getting the plumber to come back and move the powder room faucet up to the master bath, where it belongs, just seems to take forever.
“Alright! Everything is finished. Now we can finally relax and enjoy our new home!”
Wait a minute… not so fast. Most likely it won’t be very long before you will need to make the switch from learning how to build your home to learning how to repair your home. The homes built today contain so much stuff, that it is just a matter of time before some of it will start falling apart. When the time comes, here is a best-selling home repair book.
In the mean time, the best advice I can offer is to gather as much information as possible, before you build. Treat those with whom you are working fairly, honestly, and respectfully. Maintain a positive attitude, communicate effectively with others, and always “hope for the best, and plan for the worst”.
Good luck with your project and have fun building!