7 Things to Consider as You Pick a New Home Builder

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When it comes to building your dream home, you need to find a custom builder who can take your dream and turn it into a reality.

This is essential because a builder has all the necessary information on building codes and laws that govern construction of new buildings in your area.

Selecting the right builder will ensure that you a have smooth process and the builder can work with the building inspector, mortgage company, local jurisdictions and more. He or she can also help you with selecting building products, ordering them and of course, installation.

Here are some things to consider when selecting a builder for your new home:

  1. Find out if the builder is registered with the home builders association in your area. This is usually a good indicator that they are a legitimate company and that they adhere to the rules and regulations set for the industry.

  2. Consider their portfolio. It is a good idea to look at the kind of homes that they have built in the past to find out if they have experience with the kind of design that you are interested in. You want someone who understands your style, whether it is modern, craftsman, log cabin, colonial, Cape Cod, Mid-Century or any other.

  3. Find out where they build their homes. It is important to select a home builder who works within your locale for several reasons. If the builder is located far away, you may have to incur more building fees as well as other costs. Secondly, you may not have easy access to the builder if he or she is located far away. The builder may not be from your city, but he does need to be within reach.

  4. You need to be comfortable with your new home builder. This is one of the most important factors to consider. You should be comfortable talking about your vision, the ideas that you have, the process you envision and even the end result that you are looking for. If you can’t freely express yourself, or if the builder keeps rubbishing your ideas, it’s time to find another one.

  5. Look for a builder who answers your questions openly. You want to work with someone who is happy to openly discuss the building process, answers questions with ease, offers assistance as needed, and who offers a quotation with no hidden fees.

  6. A dependable builder – You want a builder that you can depend on and have confidence in. This confidence will often be on the back of past experience, knowledge of the building process, ease of communication and more. Your builder should be able to respectfully advise you and provide insights as needed.

  7. Builder reputation – Pay close attention to the reputation of the builder you are looking to hire. What is his reputation with suppliers and the local banks? Does the builders’ association recommend him or her? What are his credentials? The more positive answers you get to these and other questions, the better.

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