Hiring and Working with a Builder Remotely

Home has taken on a new meaning for many Americans since the start of the pandemic. Asheville has seen a growth in people moving to the area because of the ability to work from home. If you’re thinking about building a new home on a lot away from your current location, a professional builder will be able to accommodate your needs remotely. Building a home in a different area may be daunting. However, there are certain steps you can take, such as hiring a qualified professional and establishing communication channels up front, to help your project stay relatively hassle-free.

Hire a Professional Builder. Seeking out a home builder that will meet your expectations involves targeted research and asking the right questions. The Asheville HBA can connect you with a directory of builders. Experts recommend securing at least three names to give you options. When you connect with your prospective builders, ask for references from recent buyers. A professional builder will be able to provide you with names and contact information of customers.

Secure the Details. An experienced builder will provide you with a clear contract, scope of work and timeline of your project. Before signing a contract, talk to your builder about all the costs associated with your project such as labor and other expenses. A professional builder will be able to provide you with the steps to building your new home.

Set up a Communication Schedule. Work with your builder to determine how often you’ll receive updates on your project and let your builder know the best way to reach you for questions. Beyond phone calls or text messages, there are many different types of video conference web-based programs like Zoom or Skype that will allow you to virtually meet face-to-face. Your builder will likely share digital assets like photos or 3D renderings, through file hosting services like Dropbox to help you visualize your project.

Plan Your Site Visits. If possible, you should visit the building site at least once a month to view the progress on your home. Monthly site visits are recommended but not required if your schedule doesn’t allow. If you’re unable to visit monthly, talk to your builder about setting up visits during critical portions of your project timeline to avoid any misunderstandings before you move in.

Be Patient. There are various issues that arise that may put a temporary pause on your project, such as bad weather or unexpected delays. This can happen on any job site, nearby or from afar. It is important to talk to your builder about the delays to avoid any unnecessary stress. A qualified builder has the experience to troubleshoot issues and propose recommendations without sacrificing the quality of your final project.

You know you can find quality builders in our membership directory. Please call our office if you have any questions!