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How to Pick a Home Builder

The most critical decision you will make en route to your custom home is selecting the right contractor. Choose wisely and you will have a trustworthy partner; one that will breathe life to your dream home, and eventually, a house for your family to cherish for a lifetime. Setting for less can mean regret, not just during the build itself, but for an entire future.

Here are tips to look into as you decide on a home construction company:

Prioritize quality.

When selecting a builder, quality of their work should take priority over everything else. Take time to tour some older projects, ask for references, and ask questions regarding the structural materials that aren’t visible. A solid foundation is responsible for any home’s longevity, and your builder should be known for using no less than top quality products.

Do your homework.

Narrowing your builder search can be a little daunting. You can begin with your future home’s location. From there, you check out builder portfolios and previous floor plans. Of course, nothing beats word-of-mouth as a way to discover local builders. Talk to friends and family, ask for names and contact details of builders they’ve worked with, and start setting up personal or phone interviews.

Transparency is a must.

Reputable builders are always happy to answer questions with total transparency. They will give you a truthful estimate of your project’s timeline and cost, and it will be done as promptly as possible once you’ve made a request. They will orient you about their overall building philosophy, including the types and quality of products they use. They will tell you about the different contractors they work with and the different people who will contribute to your project. Steer clear of builders who give vague answers or explanations.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Remember that building a home is a large investment, so this is not a time to be shy. A good builder will even encourage you to ask as many questions as you feel are necessary.

Find a builder who communicates with you in perfect sync.

Much as you need to ask them questions, they need to ask you as well, and they have to be attentive to your answers. A good builder will be interested in what you have to say, whether it’s about your style, a particular brand of construction material or anything. It’s best to connect with your builder at the start of the project, if only to minimize any issues later on. In simple terms, you want a builder who will respond promptly when you need them.

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