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Don't Hire a builder before reading this.

Why Hire a Builder :

Unless you are a super ambitious person, with a lot of free time and vast understanding of construction, building codes and ordinances you are definitely going to want to hire a custom home builder. The custom home builder will be there to manage the most critical aspects of the process so you don’t have to.

  • Working with your bank or mortgage company to track cost and collect payments, and process lien requests

  • Acting as liaison with building inspector, local jurisdictions and other members of the construction team like your architect or designer for approvals, inspections and the like

  • Obtaining your certificate of occupancy

  • Coordinate the ordering, approval and installation of all building products for the home

  • Review the home prior to completion to look for any issues and coordinate with subcontractors to repair them prior to closing on the home

  • Potentially offer educational info on the operation of the home including maintenance, warranty and operation

A good custom home builder/general contractor will have a vast knowledge of all aspects of home construction and will be able to help you make the right choices, and oversee the project to help you achieve your goals.

How to Find the Right Builder :

Sometimes to find the right builder all you need to do is ask. If there is a good builder in your area chances are other people have used that company and if they enjoyed their experience you will probably get rave reviews. But if you don’t have that luxury, or perhaps you are building a home away from home, there are other resources you can start with. T. You can also try your local yellow pages or town office and may have builder names on file.

Narrowing Down your Choices :

When it comes to making a final selection for your builder it is important to set up multiple interviews with the builders you are considering. There are three primary goals during the interview process.

First, help the builder understand the type of custom home you want to builder, and make sure he has experience with that size or style of home, or even the particular area or lot you are planning to build on.

  • Does the builder you are considering have a permanent business location

  • Do they have a good reputation with local banks and suppliers

  • How long have they been in business? The NAHB reports that it can take 3-5 years to establish a financially sound business so considering builders with more tenure can give you greater confidence that they can financially support the process of building a custom home, and they will be around after the home is complete

  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints

  • Verify in writing the level of workers compensation and general liability insurance

  • Collect names of past customers and seek out a referral from some past customers

  • Set up an appointment to see the builders previous work and look for quality and craftsmanship

Third, develop a rapport with your builder and ask yourself this question – will I be able to see and work with this person every day for the next 9-18 months. Once you collect this information you should be able to narrow down your top choices to 2-3 names.

Vet homebuilders through references and past work :

Delve into their work and interview prior clients. Ask to see a portfolio of the builder's projects. Go look at finished homes in person. Look closely at the workmanship. Also, ask for references and call each one. Ask the client what they liked best about the builder, if there's anything they were unhappy about, and if they would hire the builder again. Inquire whether the builder stayed on schedule and stuck within budget.

Take Your Time :

Don’t rush into a business relationship just because you can’t wait to get your house built. You need to take your time when deciding who to hire so you know you’ve made the best choice. Do plenty of research on candidates and ask any questions you might have. Taking a little extra time, in the beginning, to be confident in your choice can save you from having to deal with problems after the project is underway.

Hiring the right contractor to build your new home will have a huge impact on the success of the project. You can build your dream house as long as you find someone who understands all your needs. When you’re looking for a contractor, keep these useful tips in mind so you can find the right builder for your home.

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