Many people have the misconception that a custom-built
home must be both expensive and large. While this could
be the case in some circumstances, it is certainly not the
norm. Custom-built simply means “built to order according
to the customer’s specifications.” An example
would be homes for the Baby Boomer generation, many of whom
are substantially down-sizing. Much of their focus now is
on energy efficiency, low maintenance, and incorporation
of certain amenities they may have sacrificed previously.
Most important is their desire to be wise with dollars spent
as they enter retirement.
Building a home is one of the largest investments you’ll
make in your life. It’s essential for you to be proactive
by thoroughly investigating builders during the selection
As of January 1, 2001, all home builders operating in
Maryland except those building exclusively in Montgomery
required to be registered with the Home Builders Registration
Unit. This unit is part of the Consumer Protection Division
of the office of the Attorney General. Doing business with
a registered home builder will ensure that you are eligible
for all protections provided by your contract and by state
law. For more information, contact the Home Builder Registration
Unit at (toll-free) 1-877-259-4525 or by visiting www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder.
Whether it is a residential or commercial project, Jarrettsville
Builders encourages its clients to be as involved as they
feel comfortable. This includes visiting the site on a regular
basis to provide input, which enables the job to proceed
more efficiently. In light of the financial investment you
are making, your participation in the entire process is
of the utmost importance.
We've all heard of people who assumed the responsibility
to build their new home. In some cases, the project may
have proceeded without any major catastrophes and the homeowner
does realize some savings. More often, we hear the endeavor
described as a "nightmare" or "horror story."
The primary reason individuals consider acting as contractor
is to save money. That is noteworthy, but there are a number
of other issues to consider.
Since building a home is one of the largest investments
you’ll ever make, it makes sense to leave the construction
of this lifetime investment to a seasoned professional with
the expertise to orchestrate the complexities of building
a new home.
Questions to ask yourself:
A. Do I realistically have the time to undertake
something of this magnitude?
From the design process through completion of construction
it is not unusual to invest 6 to 12 months depending
size and complexity of design. Overseeing daily site
activities, meetings with subcontractors, vendors and
a great deal of time. Factor in making selections, ordering
materials and dealing with extraordinary amounts of paperwork
translates to a full time job.
B. Am I competent enough to oversee the project
on a daily basis, ordering materials as needed and directing
the various subcontractors?
A quality custom built home simply does not evolve because
people show up to work at the site. Quality comes about
due to careful planning, an eye for detail and a thorough
knowledge of the building codes. Subcontractors must be
of the highest caliber however most non-professionals have
difficulty engaging more experienced subcontractors as their
loyalties lie with the professional contractor.
For homeowners who simply like to be more involved with
the hands on aspect of the construction process we
they consider accomplishing selected items with which
they feel competent and would not delay the overall
schedule. For example, painting is one task many homeowners
are willing to handle in order to reduce building cost.
C. Will overseeing the construction of my new home
be in my or my family's best interest?
If not, seek the help of a seasoned professional.