To avoid violations and fines, your builder may require that you be accompanied by company personnel when you visit your home construction site or that you sign in at the sales center when you are on the site. At various phases of construction, your builder may require you to wear a hard hat. Whatever your builder’s policies, keep the following points in mind at all times:
- Always look in the direction you are walking.
- Stay clear of large, noisy equipment and power tools. Assume the operator does not see or hear you.
- Be aware of someone working above you. Construction personnel working on the roof may not hear you arrive.
- Avoid handling or attempting to use any tools, equipment, or ladders you see on site.Until the home is closed in, precipitation, high winds, or low temperatures can stop all work. Exterior work is always subject to weather conditions.
From time to time this diverse cast of characters may all seem to leave the stage simultaneously. At several points during the construction of every home nothing appears to be happening. Several factors cause this phenomenon:
- Sometimes a trade completes its work ahead of schedule. The next trade has an assigned time that your builder cannot change on short notice.
- One late trade can lead the builder to reschedule several others. Because of that rescheduling, your home may lose its place in line with one of the affected trade contractors.
- At several points during construction, progress stops until the work up to that point passes required building department inspections. Items noted by inspectors must usually be corrected before work can continue. Few homes go through construction without an inspector citing something.
- Materials may not arrive on time. The arrival of backordered or custommade items is especially unpredictable. Sometimes shipments arrive incomplete or damaged.
- Some portions of the work move quickly while other moredetailed tasks move slowly. Work may be progressing quite well even though you don’t see much change