What to Look For in a New Home Builder

You’ve found the perfect patch of land, and now you’re ready to build your new home, from scratch. Or, you have decided that a new home in a developing neighborhood is the right choice for your new home. The right home builder is the key between a beautiful custom home and a project filled with delays and extra cost. If you don’t have a great builder on speed dial, how can you find an excellent new home contractor? Here are a few tips for making sure you get the best builder for your project.

• Build a list of options: The first step is to find local builders who create homes which suit your lifestyle and taste. Know what you are looking to build before looking for a builder to take on the project. Do you want to build a custom home on the property your purchase, or do you want to build a production home in a developing neighborhood?

• Know your budget: Talk to a local lender to find out what you are comfortable spending on a new construction home and what payment options are available.

• Do your homework: Get a list of local builders from your REALTOR®, then speak to the builder’s who do they type of construction you are looking for. Ask for references and take your time in doing your due diligence. Ask for past clients who will be willing to meet with you and show you the actual homes they have built. Ask about the process and if they finished on time. Ask about problems and find out how the builder solved them.

• Learn about the subcontractors: A strong builder works with the best craftsmen in the area. Ask about the subcontractors and interview them and check their references as well.

Learn all you can about the builder and their projects. Make sure the homes are built with solid materials and construction techniques. Before you choose anyone, you should feel wholly assured they will create a great home and completely understand your vision.

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