The most vital decision to be made when constructing your custom home is choosing the right builder. If you pick well, then you have a valuable partner; one that will transform your dream home into reality, a house that your entire family will be happy and grateful to live in. Setting for less can mean regret, not just during the build itself, but for an entire future.
The following are pointers that will lead you to a good home builder:
Put quality first.
When selecting a builder, quality of their work should take priority over everything else. Check out past projects, ask for client references, and have the builder tell you about the structural materials they used. The secret to any home’s longevity is a solid foundation, and your builder should only use superior quality products all throughout.
Do your homework.
Narrowing your builder search can be a little daunting. A good place to start is where the home you’re considering is located. Review some builder portfolios and floor plans they’ve done in the past. One of the best, if not the best, ways to learn about local builders is through word-of-mouth. Ask people around you for referrals – friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, etc.
Honesty is crucial.
Good builders are fully transparent and eager to answer any question you want to ask. They will give you a truthful estimate of your project’s timeline and cost, and it will be done as promptly as possible once you’ve made a request. They will orient you about their overall building philosophy, including the types and quality of products they use. They will tell you about the different contractors they work with and the different people who will contribute to your project. Avoid builders who have issues giving straight answers to your questions.
Don’t be afraid of asking questions.
Remember that building a home is a large investment, so this is not a time to be shy. Besides, if you’re dealing with a good builder, they will actually want you to ask questions because it helps them determine your expectations.
Choose a builder you can communicate with effectively.
Much as you need to ask them questions, they need to ask you as well, and they have to be attentive to your answers. With a reputable builder, you can always expect undivided attention, whether you’re talking about a certain style you prefer or certain materials you want to use and the rest. If you can connect early in your project, you can avoid headaches later on. In short, find a builder that will be constantly available and reliable.