Having a home custom built is obviously the easiest way to put yourself in the home of your dreams. Of course, building a custom home can also be more expensive, time consuming and stressful than simply buying an existing home off the market. This being said, your choice of building contractor can often be the single biggest factor in determining not only how much you’ll end up paying, but also how easy or stressful the experience is. In light of this fact, here are a few basic tips to keep in mind that should help to ensure you choose a quality, experienced professional to build your custom home.
Focus on Qualifications and Experience
Starting your search for a custom home builder can seeming incredibly daunting at first as there are likely hundreds or even thousands of contractors for you to choose from. In this sense, it can be a huge help to narrow down your search to only licensed, bonded and insured builders in your immediate area. Choosing a local company can be a huge help since you’ll always have someone on hand in case any repairs are needed later on. After narrowing down your search, you will then want to focus on the company’s level of experience and the overall quality of their work.
Always Ask for References
References are essential when it comes to judging the quality of a building contractor’s work. Looking at pictures and floor plans of past projects is a good place to start, but it is essential that you actually check things out in person. Physically touring some of the builder’s previous homes and speaking to past clients will provide you with invaluable evidence on both the overall quality of work and the company’s level of professionalism and service.
Make Sure the Builder is Honest and Upfront
Speaking to past clients is a good way to learn more about the overall costs and how they compared with the builder’s estimate. Still, this is something you’ll need to figure out a bit on your own as well. Any professional builder should be able to provide you with a complete breakdown of all of your possible options and also the full costs. This means letting you know about various material options and building methods and explaining exactly why their preferred options are best. If you ever get a sense that a builder is being shady, trying to hide things or cheat you in any way, it’s important to trust your instincts and immediately look for someone else.
Never Underestimate the Importance of Communication
The overall quality of a builder’s work is obviously essential since you don’t want to get stuck paying a huge amount of money for a poorly built home that will only ever cause you problems. However, quality doesn’t really mean anything if you don’t end up getting what you wanted or if you have to fight with the builder throughout the entire project. The fact is that you can probably find at least a handful of companies capable of doing the same quality of work, and this is precisely why it is also essential that you choose a builder that you think you can get along well with. Open, honest communication on both your part and that of the building contractor are essential to the project running smoothly. In this sense, choosing a builder with a similar style of communication as yourself can be equally as important as the builder’s level of experience and skill.
Ultimately, there are many other factors that you will also want to consider when choosing a custom home builder, such as the quality of their subcontractors, their total estimate of costs and their timeline for completing the work. Nonetheless, these are all things that should really come after you’ve narrowed your choices down to a handful of companies, which is exactly what these other tips should help you to do.