Determining the right builder for your home is one of the most important decisions you can make. You’ll want to be sure the builder can meet your requirements, whether you’re building a condo or a large home in a subdivision.
But which one should you choose? There are always way too many choices but we’ve got some tips that should help you make the right choice.
- Decide what kind of home you want and then make a list of potential construction firms. Figuring out the size of the home, the style and the price will go a long way in determining the right builder for you.
- Experienced builders are always a plus. Certainly new firms can be great too, as long as they have seasoned builders on their team.
- Check to see if homes from builders you’re interested in are maintained or have increased in value.
- Get in touch with your local home builder’s association and ask for a list of builders in your area.
- Make sure the builder is licensed and has proper insurance. It’s also important to check to see if they’re a member of the Home Builder’s Association.
- Go online and check out your local newspaper’s real estate section for builders and their projects. Reading the articles and scanning the ads can help you learn about builders in your area, as well as the kinds of homes they build and the how much you can expect to pay.
- Don’t be afraid to ask local real estate agents their thoughts about building firms – they will likely be able to offer some great suggestions.
- Question friends, coworkers and family members about construction firms they may have used, worked with or know about. Word of mouth can go a long way in determining the best builder for you.
- Don’t just jump at the first builder you meet. Ask plenty of questions, like can they give you references, is there a warranty program, can they customize, etc.?
- Visit one of the builder’s most recently constructed homes. Ask the homeowners if they mind speaking with you for a few minutes and ask them what their experience with the builder was like, if they’re happy with the end result and would you work with the builder again.
The bottom line is don’t be in a hurry to find the right construction firm for your needs. Building a home is an expensive undertaking so doing your due diligence in finding the right builder is simply the smart thing to do.