3 areas of advice, from experience.
1. If you do use a general contractor, make sure you put a deadline for completion on the contract with daily monetary penalties if not completed by the deadline.
2. If you are building in Louisiana, the New Home Warranty Act is basically to protect the builder, not you. If you have any problem, and I do mean any
problem, that the builder won't resolve then file a lawsuit. DO NOT LET THE BUILDER STRING YOU ALONG
. Notify the builder of the problem in writing and give them a reasonable amount of time to correct the problem. (BTW, no one has been able to define reasonable for me) If you do these steps and still have problems, then file the suit, and make sure you do it within 13 months of the date of occupancy. Outside of the 13 month date, you will be facing a major hurdle- which isn't by accident I may add.
3. Mentally walk through every area of your home on the plan and take note of locations for light switches and receptacles. Ask yourself for what purpose will every space be used for and plan accordingly.
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