Choosing the right new home builder is an extremely important decision you’ll need to make. Here are some tips to help you make an informed and smart decision.
1. Look for experience and quality in a home builder.
When you work with a builder, it’s all about experience, experience, experience and quality, quality, quality. Make sure the builder you choose to build your new home can deliver it!
2. Check references.
If the home builder you’re considering gives you a list of references, contact them! Most people assume professionals won’t include someone who was unhappy with the work performed and that’s probably true. But what’s important when contacting references is opening a dialog.
3. Evaluate professionalism.
During your conversations with potential home builders pay attention to their level of professionalism. Your chosen home builder needs to interact with you, the client. You want someone who appears capable of remaining cool under pressure, who can juggle multiple details, is good at following up when promised, who shows up on time, who doesn’t get easily annoyed by your questions and who takes his/her reputation seriously.
4. Conduct a background check.
It’s always prudent to check into the company’s background and it’s not hard to do. Go online and type the company name into your search engine and see what you can find. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged. Also check your local building department to see whether licenses are current and whether complaints have been lodged against the company there also.
You can also ask for credit references (for example, from the home builder’s bank and suppliers) and check those out too. Bad credit can mean delays in getting the labor and materials your dream home needs to stay on schedule.
5. Evaluate design, technological and creative capabilities.
The home builder you choose should understand the look you’re trying to achieve. He or she should be able to offer appropriate suggestions you may not have considered. You should also feel confident that the builder grasps and can produce any requests considered architecturally unique.
6. Look at the Builder’s Work.
My best advice here is to make sure you check out at least five examples of the builder’s work. You’ll know pretty quickly if you want them to build your new home.
And there you have it, six useful tips for selecting the right home builder for your new home.