Selecting a custom luxury home builder or contractor to build your dream home is a huge decision. Choose carefully and interview several before making your decision. Compile a list of local home builders and contractors by asking a few local realtors, checking out the local Home Builders Association website, checking local advertising, running Google searches, and inquiring at the county building department. Ask a few home owners who have recently built a new home. Seek and compile information on them and make notes when different realtors and other experts recommend the same contractor or home builder over and over. Based on what you have heard narrow your list to three to five good candidates and make an appointment with each to discuss the possibility of contracting them to build your home. Evaluate each of them on the following criteria.
Selecting a Custom Luxury Home Builder Criteria: Experienced and knowledgeable
It pays to learn a little about construction before you go on the interviews. Ask questions and evaluate the answers based on your own understanding of the process. It is likely that all the contractors will be experienced and knowledgeable, but it is up to you to decide which ones seem to know more, and which ones tend to be less communicative.
Selecting a Custom Luxury Home Builder Criteria: Only works with licensed subcontractors
Contractors and home builders use a variety of subcontractors including roofers, plumbers, electricians, brick layers and etc. It is important to make sure that plumbers electricians and brick layers are licensed and certified and that roofers and other workers are experienced and capable.
Selecting a Custom Luxury Home Builder Criteria: Specializes in the type of home you prefer
In selecting a custom luxury home builder, consider the type of work he normally does and compare it to the type of home you want to build. You may prefer green construction, energy efficient structures, and be interested in solar energy. In this case you will want a contractor or homebuilder who specializes in this technology, and can build these elements into your home. Perhaps your dream home requires extensive stonework, or a tile roof. You may be interested in timber frame construction, or a log home. It is best to find a contractor who routinely uses your preferred method of construction. In general the homes your contractor or home builder has already built should resemble the type of home you wish to build.
Selecting a Custom Luxury Home Builder Criteria: A home plan that can be adapted to suit your needs
All contractors and home builders have a collection of floor plans with drawings or photos of each one. If none of the homes the contractor or home builder shows you look like what you want, ask him if he ever builds the type of houses you want. If not then it is probably better to look for another contractor.
Selecting a Custom Luxury Home Builder Criteria: A good personality and is easy to work with
Finding a contractor or home builder with a personality you find comfortable is very important. Using a home builder who is condescending or insulting when you try to explain what you want, is a very poor choice. Hiring a contractor who brushes off your comments or finds it hard to understand what you mean may also prove to be a poor choice. It’s best to find a contractor or home builder who can communicate well, and listens when others talk. Good communication skills are very important when dealing with a contractor. It is important that he makes you feel comfortable.
Selecting a Custom Luxury Home Builder Criteria: Offers quality at a good price
Sometimes the lowest price means lower standards, and this is no bargain in the long run. Many contractors charge less because they cut corners on things that don’t show. As an experienced contractor I know that it is the things that do not show that are most important. I’ve seen contractors who build beautiful homes on the outside but who cut corners shamelessly on things like board thickness, and use substandard materials where they can be hidden. It is a shame for example to lay expensive Italian tile over a subfloor that is not going to be substantial over time. For this reason I suggest that when you ask your prospective contractors for references, instead of getting names of recent clients, ask him to give names of people he build homes for five or ten years before. They may tell you a different story than people who just moved in.
Along this line when discussing your new home with the contractor, ask him what sort of subflooring he uses, and find out the thickness of the plywood he uses on the roof. Make sure that your home is build with quality and will stand the test of time, as well as looking beautiful for the first year or two. Demand quality construction and make sure it is done according to the original agreement. The most important part of selecting a custom luxury home builder is insuring that your home is built with quality and durability in mind, by a person you can communicate your wishes to easily.
1. Select a custom luxury builder who is experienced and knowledgeable.
2. Only works with licensed subcontractors.
3. Select a builder who only specializes in the type of home you prefer.
4. Make sure the custom luxury home builder you select has a good personality and is easy to work with.
5. Select a builder or contractor who offers quality at a good price. Sometimes the lowest price means lower standards, and this is no bargain in the long run.
6. Learn more about how to select a custom luxury home builder and the overall home building process by downloading the free New Home Steps Guide above and become savvy on custom home building from start to finish.
I hope this article on finding and selecting a custom luxury home builder was useful for you. Good luck with your custom home building project and let me know if you have any questions.