When you’re thinking about constructing a new build or starting a home renovation, there’s always little fear of the unknown. Where do I start? What could go wrong? Thankfully, when you work with experts in project construction management, you can alleviate a lot of this stress. As Austin’s premier custom home and commercial builder we’ve heard and answered these questions for homeowners building all across the city.
Now to help you, Freccia Group has put together a list of the most common New Build FAQs we get asked by homeowners building their new custom home.
Let’s dive in to learn what project construction management is, the 6 new build FAQs homeowners are often nervous to ask about, and how to get started with your new build or home renovation project today.
What Is Project Construction Management?
Project construction management is a service where a construction manager oversees the build of your project. When you are constructing a custom home a project construction management company (PCMC) will make sure best practices are being used and that the project remains on schedule.
Project managers can take a lot of work off your plate including:
- Site Survey
- Bid Procurement
- Budget Management
- Contractor Scheduling and Administration
- Safety and Risk Management
- Quality Control
- Cost Analysis
- Project Close Out
Freccia Group is a luxury custom home builder with its very own in-house team to not only design your project but also manage the project construction. Unlike a simple project management company, Freccia Group works with clients from design to finish, taking care of the day-to-day work while you relax and look forward to creating the house of your dreams.
New Build FAQ: 6 Questions Homeowners Are Scared To Ask
1. What’s The Difference Between PCM and General Contractors?
Project construction managers and general contractors are quite similar, so it’s easy to mix them up. But there is a key difference.
Construction managers are with you throughout the entire length of your project — even before it technically starts! They play an important role in the design, budgeting, material selection, contractor scheduling, and so much more. On the other hand, general contractors start supervising your project after the design is complete and construction is ready to begin. Their main responsibility is to make sure that the construction work is executed correctly and on time.
Though both are vital to any home construction, their main difference is their level of involvement and level of responsibility.
2. What Happens If I Don’t Update My Home In Austin, TX?
Though it depends on the importance a homeowner places on the resale value of their home, not updating your home can work against you in the long run. Overall, homes that are updated and improved increase much more in value than homes that are not updated.
If you’re renovating to sell, an outdated home will be much less appealing to buyers, have higher maintenance costs due to outdated systems and lack modern technology. People who buy want to buy a home that’s ready to be moved into, and won’t consider one that still needs a considerable amount of renovations to be considered up to date.
Making updates while still living and enjoying the amenities of your home also has obvious benefits when it comes to the general enjoyment of your space. Depending on your priorities, you can tackle one room at a time or do a full home renovation to maximize the comfort in your home.
With a project manager, you could avoid so many issues that are common in home renovation projects. For example, maintaining your budget, contacting all of your vendors and managing their timelines and managing safety in your home.
3. What Happens If I Overshoot My Home Renovation Budget?
One of the scariest things about not having a construction project manager on your side is that you won’t have another pair of eyes on your budget. Even if staying within budget isn’t your top priority when it comes to your luxury updates, you’ll want someone who is paying attention to the budget to keep you updated on any unexpected changes.
Home renovation takes a lot of planning: not only money, but also contractor schedules, pay, scope of work needed, material import schedules, and so much more! With this many things to juggle, it’s common for things to get lost in the shuffle, leading to delays and additional costs.
With Freccia Group, we take construction project management off your hands. We’ll be your day-to-day home renovation managers and new home builders. The only thing you need to do is to tell us what you want. Sound good?
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4. What Happens If I Want To Change My Original Home Renovation Plan?
Your home design preferences may change over the course of the new build or home renovation, and that’s completely fine!
However, without a project manager, changes can cause a lot of scheduling conflicts and even money loss. Something as small as a material or color change can change the scope of the entire project and will need to be taken into consideration.
With a reliable project manager, you won’t need to worry about dealing with the aftermath of changing your mind. Of course, the earlier you finalize the design and the fewer changes you make during the process the better when it comes to keeping your home renovation project on schedule.
5. What Regulations Do I Need To Meet And What Permits Must I Have In Austin, TX?
Depending on the scope of your home renovation, new build construction, or other construction project, you may need to have several permits before you can even begin construction.
For example, if you’re building a structure in your backyard, you’ll definitively need a building permit, which will ensure your construction meets all local building codes and regulations. Depending on a number of other factors, you may also need to take a look at what zoning laws and prohibitions there are in your area, demolition permits, and electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits as well.
That’s a lot to handle, and that’s where our luxury project construction managers at Freccia Group come in. We can finalize your design, obtain all necessary permits, and handle all risk and safety management on the construction site so you don’t have to worry about this.
6. How Do We Deal With Communication And Different Contractor Timelines?
Communication and timelines are your project manager’s key responsibilities. By acting on your behalf as a liaison, we help take logistical and communication issues off your hands. You’ll be able to focus on your day-to-day life while we handle your home build or renovation while being provided with necessary progress updates.
On paper, it looks easy: take down, disassemble, and rebuild — but it’s rarely that simple. If this is your first home renovation or new build construction, call Freccia Group to make sure your project has the best results.
Want A Custom Home Project Without All The Stress? Call Freccia Group – Your Premier Luxury Homebuilders
Freccia Group values each of our Austin, TX homeowners and is here to deliver stunning results every time and on time. Our Freccia Group Founders have been working in the home renovation and custom home construction industry for decades and are able to get you the best materials for your project while keeping your new home project on schedule. We’ve seen it all, and we’re here to help you enjoy your homebuilding process without all the stress.
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