Embarking on the journey of building your dream home on your land is an exciting and rewarding experience. It offers the opportunity to create a space that reflects your vision and meets your unique needs. However, finding the right general contractor (GC) to bring your dream to life requires careful consideration. In this article, we will explore essential aspects of the process, from interviewing potential contractors and planning your budget to understanding what to expect when working with a GC.

When it comes to finding the perfect GC for your project, conducting interviews is crucial. These conversations allow you to assess their expertise, experience, and compatibility with your vision. Here are some important questions to ask during the interview process:

  • How many years have you been involved in residential construction?
  • Can you provide references from previous clients?
  • Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
  • Will I be able to make revisions freely during the project?
  • What are the number of projects you balance at a given time?
  • Do you have a portfolio of completed projects that showcase your work?



Next steps are creating a realistic budget.  This is vital to ensure your project stays on track financially. Consider really taking a close look at your financial resources and work with a financial advisor or business consultant to establish a realistic budget for construction and costs that incur as a result of building a home. Will you be paying land taxes, rent and other costs while you wait for the home to be move-in ready.  Research local construction costs and don’t underestimate the build cycle, materials, finishes and desired features. Request detailed estimates from each GC you are considering. These estimates should include labor, materials, permits, and any additional costs. Can they lock in these rates for you? Comparing these estimates will help you make an informed decision.

Collaborating with a GC to build your home involves several important considerations, from clear communication to discussing project milestones, expectations, and any modifications to the original plan promptly. Do your due diligence to ensure your GC is familiar with local building codes and regulations. They should handle the permit application process and ensure compliance throughout the construction phase. Establish realistic timelines and discuss them with your GC. Keep in mind that unexpected circumstances may cause delays, so be prepared for possible adjustments.  It’s the nature of the business. Changes or modifications to the original plan may arise during the construction process, which can set back the completion date, so before you are the one who makes the change, be sure of the cause and effect, if any. Clearly establish how change orders will be handled, including their impact on the budget and timeline. You should expect regular updates from your GC and occasional opportunities for site visits. 

Navigating the search for a general contractor as a landowner requires careful consideration and diligent planning. By asking the right questions during the interview process, creating a realistic budget, and understanding what to expect during the construction journey, you can increase the likelihood of a successful partnership and the realization of your dream home!

Remember, building a home is a collaborative effort, and open communication, trust, and flexibility are key to a positive experience. With a well-selected general contractor by your side, you can confidently embark on this exciting adventure and watch as your dream home takes shape on your land.

Contact JNS Homes for your GC needs at [email protected] or through our website https://jnshomes.com/contact/ and our experts will be happy to assist you.