Top Ways Reduce Change Orders Main Idaho Interior Design
Fewer Change Orders mean your project will cost less & be finished faster!
  • Take the time to plan ahead!  This is very important.  It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of building your home or remodeling that you just want to get started....DO NOT start your project without a FINAL set of plans and finish selections.....without this it is impossible to have a final budget & schedule.
  • Good Communication....with your designer or builder is key, like any other relationship.  Change Orders will inevitably happen.  It's part of the process.  When they do, make sure that you answer questions and make necessary decisions as quickly as possible.
  • Stay Calm  It sounds simple, but it makes a big difference.  Building is an emotional & expensive process which = stress!  Realize that some setbacks in the project are normal.  Building/Remodeling can be fun! Stay open minded, communicate, and are be willing to problem solve.
Posted by Alysse at 10/15/2009 2:59:00 PM
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Re:Top Ways Reduce Change Orders
Great advice Erin. To some extent, I think change orders and going over budget are standard operating procedures for most builders. It does not have to be that way. Most people I talk to have been planning their new home for at least a year. Planning is everything. Take good notes and create a spreadsheet to create line by line details.

Good luck
Posted by on 10/15/2009 7:09 PM
Re:Top Ways Reduce Change Orders
Definitely, planning is everything, but it is important to make final finish selections. In my experience, most clients will do a lot of planning but fail to commit to final choices....then get eager to begin the project. Once this happens, the process begins to be driven by schedule....resulting in more changes.
Posted by on 10/18/2009 4:13 PM
Re:Top Ways Reduce Change Orders
For efficiency and sanity's sake, changes after construciton starts aren't very fun. I did interview with an extrememly highend east coast builder several years back that loved change orders. He was upfront with his buyers that he loved to accommodate their every whim and that he would charge them handsomely for every change. He didn't charge a lot to discourage them, but he intentionally made change orders part of his ability to make money.

Regardless of a builders approach to change orders, an efficient system to handle them and execute them is a must!
Posted by on 10/19/2009 10:34 AM
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