06 Jan Selecting the Right Custom Home Builder
Selecting the Right Custom Home Builder to Work With Building a custom home may seem like a dream come true, and when the time comes to turn your dream to fruition, the first step to take is to find a custom home builder to work with.
The right builder will guide you through all stages of the process. However, with so many different builders each promising to give you the perfect home on the lot of your choice, you may struggle to determine which is the right company to work with. When you are selecting a home builder to work with, research these points thoroughly to make the best decision. An Established, Experienced Builder The best home builder to work with is one that is highly experienced and established.
You typically can learn about the number of years a builder has been in business by reviewing the website. You may be wary of a custom home builder who does not include years of experience on the company website. Keep in mind that you want to know how many years of experience a builder has, but you also want to know how many years the builder has been in business. These two are not always the same. Some new home building companies will tout the combined experience of its professionals in the industry rather than the number of years the company has been in business. While experience of professionals is in important, it is typically better to work with an established company than a new company that simply has experienced professionals. The Number of Completed Projects In addition, research the number of completed projects the builder has under its belt.
This information may not always be readily marketed on a website, so you may need to speak with a company representative to get more information. Pay attention to the style and size of the homes that the builder has experience with. For example, if you are researching home plans for a large luxury home on an estate-sized lot, you may not want to work with a custom home builder that has a majority of experience working on smaller projects with budget-minded features. Keep in mind the infrastructure the company has in place in terms of relationships with vendors and in-house staff, and compare this against the number of active projects. You want to ensure that the infrastructure is available to support your project and to ensure that you and your project receive ample attention during all phases. Referrals and Examples of Completed Projects Another factor to consider is the ability of the company to provide referrals and examples of completed projects.
Many will show pictures of custom-built homes online, but bear in mind that the pictures of homes on a website are not always pictures of homes the company actually worked on. Ideally, the company will be able to provide you with examples of custom home projects they have completed in recent months and will give you contact information so that you can contact the homeowners personally. You may contact these homeowners to inquire about factors like the ability of the company to complete the project on time, on budget and to their satisfaction.
Your custom home builder will work with you through all stages of the project. From selecting or designing home plans to building the home and even landscaping the yard before you move in, this is a company that you will work closely with. If you are ready to start finding a custom home builder to work with, pay attention to these points as you research the options.