SARATOGA – A crucial stage of any building project is the design phase, during which the architect lays out the dimensions of what will eventually be built. However, an important step that often gets overlooked between the design and building phases is getting a preliminary design estimate.
Before sending the design to be finalized by an engineer, have your general contractor look at it, do some value engineering and give you a preliminary estimate, which will allow you to make sure it reflects your budget. Otherwise, you could wind up making a capital investment into finalizing the plans only to later realize you can’t afford the project.
This is just one example of why it’s important to work closely with your general contractor throughout the building process. By keeping an eye on costs, your contractor will keep things on budget and help you avoid getting in over your head.