This duty should ideally start far before the first shovel even touches the ground. Early selection of a builder helps ensure that the home can be constructed in the most effective and economical way, which is a benefit. It might be quite cost-effective to hire a builder at this early stage.

Once the blueprints are finished, the builder must coordinate with the local zoning and code officials to obtain the necessary permissions. Professional builders are well-versed in building regulations and enjoy positive working relationships with local authorities. The building department is likely to scrutinize a permit application submitted by a homeowner, or even by a small building company, more closely than one submitted by an established professional contractor with a reputation for solid management and quality work. This is another significant advantage of hiring a pro.