About six years ago, my husband and I purchased a plot of land and designed a home to be built from the ground up. We hired a local general contractor to help us finalize the plans and handle the construction process. The general contractor then sub contracted a licensed electrician, plumber and certified HVAC company to take care of these specialized and essential systems. Coordinating this group of servicemen was an absolute nightmare. Once the walls of the home were framed in, we needed the electrician to install the wires. We waited on the plumber to install the water and drainage pipes. The HVAC contractor delayed our project by several weeks. We eventually discovered that the HVAC contractor did not have access to a sheet metal fabrication shop. They subcontracted the fabrication of our duct system. While we waited around for the duct system to be created and installed, the lease on our rental property ran out. My husband and I had no choice but to put our belongings in storage and move in with my parents. We were fortunate that my parents could accommodate us, or we’d have been staying at a hotel. The rental on the storage facility for our furniture was plenty expensive. The entire construction process was extremely frustrating. Once the duct system was finally in place, we then realized that the HVAC contractor was not installing the make and model of furnace we’d agreed upon. This caused an additional delay, and we didn’t trust a single thing the HVAC technician said or did.