So you are ready for a new home. What now? Choosing a home builder is one of the most important decisions, as well as one of the largest investments, you will make in your lifetime. This is an exciting time for you, and your builder can make or break the experience. For this reason, you should select a builder as carefully as you would choose an existing home. Follow these four steps to get started!
Step 1: Define the Scope of Your Project
First and foremost, what do you want in your home? Ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of house do you want? Consider style, size, and location.
- What features are must-haves in your new home? How about nice-to-haves? What areas can you be flexible about?
- What is your price range?
Compile photos of what you are looking for or create a mood board! The more details you have for the builder, the better. And visuals will help to ensure that everybody is on the same page.
Step 2: Do Your Research
Compile a list of potential builders – your local home builders’ association can help. Ask your friends for recommendations and check reviews on line. If you can, talk to previous buyers (i.e. the current home owners!). Ask them about their experience with the builder, how the builder resolved any problems or unexpected challenges, if the builder stayed on time and within budget, and whether they would work with the builder again. There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so don’t be afraid to ask! Also make sure that your builder has the proper certifications, licenses, and proof of insurance.
Step 3: Look for Quality
A home is a major investment in time, money, and resources and can be a huge risk, so it’s important to choose a reputable builder with high-quality standards. After all, they will be your partner throughout the home construction process, and you will be placing a lot of trust in them to manage critical aspects of the design process and to build a home that meets your standards.
Drive past homes they have built – are they visually appealing, is there curb appeal? Also definitely go to an open house or visit a model home. When you tour a home, whether its furnished or not, examine the craftsmanship and quality of construction features. Examine areas such as the cabinetry, flooring, trim work, and fixtures. Also look at the brands used throughout the home – do they have a reputation for quality? Remember – cheaper doesn’t always mean better when quality could be at stake.
Step 4: Find a Fit
Be on the look out for both a personal and professional fit. This is somebody you will be spending a lot of time with, you will be putting your trust in, and you will need to communicate with. Secondly, do you like the builder’s work? Does it fit what you are looking for? Does their portfolio represent your needs? Does the builder have experience with the scope of project you are planning? Lastly, it’s important to make sure the builder understands the full scope of your project. Be up-front about your expectations in areas such as budget, timeline and preferred completion date, frequency of communication, the process for change orders and making decisions about design and features, and how closely you want to be involved and even on-site.
Remember, choosing the right builder is key to creating the home of your dreams! It’s your home and your money, so you want to make sure you feel good about making the right selection, and you shouldn’t settle for anything less than superior.
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