When you are looking for a new home, it is very difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. If you don’t like the “cookie-cutter” home layouts that are available in the area you desire, it is time to contact a home builder in order to get precisely what you are looking for. When you have decided what type of house you want, it is time to look into who is going to make your vision a reality.
Make a list of potential builders around you. There are multiple ways to find builders in your desired location:
- The home builders association in the area will be able to give you a list of reputable builders.
- The real estate section of the newspaper usually has ads for builders in your area, and the types of homes that are being built.
- Real estate agents can guide you.
- Friends and relatives may have a builder that they have used and recommend.
The next step is to narrow the list down. Contact the builders on your list and get the answer to any questions that you may have. Try to visit a home that they are in the process of, or have recently built. If the home is already inhabited, knock on the door and ask about their experience with the builder. The more people you talk with, the more accurate a review you will be able to come up with. Doing an internet search on the builders on your list will help in your decision process as well. There are typically a lot of reviews for your viewing needs! You want high quality, high value, and an affordable quote. But it is also important to feel comfortable with the person you are trusting with your home.
Builders that you contact should be open to answering all of your questions, and should also offer referrals without being asked. This shows confidence in the work that they do and their interactions with the clients that have entrusted them to build their dream homes. They should also be able to promptly give you a timeline and a comprehensive estimate. If the builder you are interviewing doesn’t seem transparent, look to the next one on your list!
Choosing a builder is truly the most important decision you will make when deciding to build your own home. A good builder will act as a partner in the process and will show interest in making your dream a reality. If you settle for a builder that isn’t the best fit, you may regret it both during the building process and for the remaining years in your new home.