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You’ve found your little slice of paradise up in the magnificent forests on the Canadian Shield. Your piece of land could be out on a lake in Muskoka, Haliburton, or The Kawarthas. It’s gorgeous country. But it could also be challenging to turn your plans into reality. From expertise to worksite proximity, here are a few things you should look into when seeking a construction company to build your dream home.

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Crew

Who’s going to build your new lakeside house? Are they qualified to do what you have in mind? How familiar are they with any challenges there might be with the ground or weather? You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting a competitive price for the work you’ll be getting done. Once you know what you’ll be including in your home construction, make sure you have the crew that can bring it to life. Though you’d hope local contractors would know about certain factors that can increase cost when building in this slice of Southern Ontario, it’s good to ensure they’re familiar with the unique conditions of building here.

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Timeline

When are you looking to move into your new house? Make sure the company you choose to build your house has the availability to meet this goal. You might find the perfect builder for your custom house, but they might be booked with a number of other projects and can’t deliver on your original timeline. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

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Location

How far away do your construction workers live from your house site? Especially if you’re building out in the wilderness, on a lake or in the forest, the distance your building site is from your contractors could be fairly long. Especially if something goes wrong during construction, it can help to work with a company that has quick access to your site.

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Knowledge

What unique features will your new home have? Are there certain materials you intend to have? Make sure you choose a construction company that has experience working with them. Considering how much time and money you’re investing, a house with a lot of stonework should have those parts constructed by workers trained in stonemasonry.

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Communication

Even before construction begins, you’ll want to establish a relationship with a professional builder who talks with you about your goals and your family’s needs to make sure the vision for your home is realized to your satisfaction. While your home is being constructed, you need to be sure that the builder will answer your calls and emails. If you live in the city and can’t easily visit the site, these open channels will provide you with peace of mind and keep the builder aware of any concerns you might have. A good question to ask a potential builder is what technology they have in place to keep you well-informed.

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Cleanup

Another major factor to consider is cleanup. Besides being aesthetically unpleasant, any junk that's left behind could prevent you from moving in to your beautiful new home. It could also pose a hazard to you or your family. Considering that you want your new home to immediately feel welcoming, make sure to discuss clean up with your crew before you begin.

 

Take these factors into account when choosing a company to build your custom home in Muskoka, Haliburton, and The Kawarthas. You’ll ensure its construction will go as smoothly as possible. Learn more about this and other cottage essentials when you download our eBook.

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