It’s no secret that building your dream home CAN be stressful. Let’s face it… we all have that friend who experienced a horrific homebuild. Some of the stories we’ve heard are enough to make anyone want to bury their head in the sand and forget the whole idea. That said, while homebuilding can be stressful- it doesn’t HAVE to be.
In anything, a team is only as strong as it’s weakest link. So you need to think long & hard about your design/build team and make sure that they are not your weak link. You’re the client & you don’t build homes for a living. YOU should be the weak link! You cannot compromise when it comes to hiring your builder….
Are they organized or is their truck piled with papers and files on the floor?
Are they taking notes on their burger wrapper? Do they respond to your questions in a timely manner or do they wait until you’re ready to file a missing person’s report before getting back to you?
And. most importantly, are they stressed out and out-of-control? If they are, it’s likely that your build will be too! Your experience will only be as great as the people that you trust to manage it. This is the single most important choice you will make throughout the entire build.
Before buying into this myth, you have to ask yourself WHY you want to build a custom home. Really, WHY? Building a custom home means expressing all of your ideas, dreams and passions and watching them literally grow into the absolute perfect home for you! If that doesn’t excite you, then you may be better suited to buy resale and be on with it. Building a custom home will take anywhere from 4-7 months in Atlantic Canada depending on a few variables. Consider how long you’ve spent planning and thinking about your dream house… for some of people (*cough* me *cough*), planning started when they were just a kid! A custom home is more than just a house… it’s already a home- before it’s even started. Isn’t that worth a few months of your time?
Ahh, yes. The classic over-budget myth. Last month, we wrote a post titled 4 Signs That Your New Build Will Go Over Budget
because we know that it IS possible to stay on budget. In fact, there are builders out there who do not go over budget at all- the trick is finding them. Builders who stay on budget accurately price the house in the first place. They ask you questions about specific items in the home (Think: doorknobs vs. levers) & they “get” your vision. If you’re thinking “Four Seasons” and your builder is thinking “Holiday Inn”, you will go over budget. That’s why it’s a MUST that you and your builder/designer are on the same page from Day 1.
Closing is important. After all, who wants to show up with a moving truck and find their new home unfinished? Delayed moves, extra costs, stress and safety are just some of the possible outcomes of not finishing the new home on time. That said, closing a new home on time does not require the Delorean… The requirements to closing on time include “fancy” things like a scheduling system for tradespeople, an experienced project manager who can solve problems on the spot and an organized, clear communication system. Not sure if you’re builder has these systems in place? Then ask for references! Past clients are often more than eager to share their experience with you (good or bad).
What else have you heard about home building? Let us know- we LIVE to show people that bad practice in our industry doesn’t have to be the norm! Comment below or tweet us @martellhomes.
June is upon us which, for those of us with older school aged children, means exam time. Yikes! Exam time can be stressful on students, teachers, and families but it’s really the stress on the individual student that can be most harmful. When stress takes over it’s likely that your child’s academic performance will suffer which is a losing outcome. In order to avoid an “academic meltdown” there are several ways in which you at home can help them to not only manage that stress but also aid them in studying more productively and creating a work ethic that will last for the rest of their lives. Here are 4 tips on how you can help your child survive (and excel!) at exam time:
1. Eat Well – Nutrition is very important when it comes to brain activity and managing stress and anxiety levels. On exam day and during the days leading up to it, students need to be getting nutrition that will give them the sustainable energy they need to focus. Too much or too little food can slow them down so make sure you’re providing regular healthy meals for your child (especially breakfast!). Snacks are also very important to keeping alert. Offer your child a banana or some other fruit either while they’re studying or right before the “big test”. A banana will give them energy for longer than a chocolate bar or some other sugary treat. For more info on how to eat well during exams check out this article.
2. Help with Revision
Study partners are a great way to increase learning and you may be the best one for your child! Especially if your child is social, it may be hard to focus when studying with classmates. Offering to help your child study information may be giving them the boost they need to succeed. Depending on your child’s learning style using cue-cards, reading to them, or even creating a study “game” may help them ingest the information easier. Sidenote: I actually learned my times-tables when my mom sat me down and made me play the card game ‘War’ with times-table flash cards! Try figuring out what learning style your child has by getting them to take an online quiz (like this one) and then customize your help from there!
3. Give Encouragement
Encouragement is a key to the success of a child no matter how big or small the ‘test’. Make sure that you are being positive and encouraging to them about the work that they are doing. While bribing them with money and gifts may be tempting, try to avoid it to allow them the chance to develop a personal desire to succeed. It it seems like your child is being overwhelmed by the anxiety and stress of a particular exam, remind them that it is not the end of the world and that you have faith in their abilities. You want your child to value education but make sure they keep a realistic view of the value of each exam so as to not get overwhelmed.
Sometimes we all need to blow off some steam, students included. If it seems that your child is beginning to crumble under the pressure it may be a wise idea to encourage them to take a break and talk to you about their struggles. Make sure that your child knows that they can come to you and just vent if they need to. This not only creates a trust and a sense of camaraderie between you but may also help to ‘let out’ some of the pressure that the student is feeling (pressure that may be negatively affecting their studying and exam performance).
What do you do to help you child/children around exam time?