Choosing the perfect builder for your family’s home may seem like a daunting task but if you follow these ten simple steps your decision will practically make itself!
- Research Builders. It’s easier than you think! Many resources already exist that are a simple internet search away. The Better Business Bureau, a local Builders Association, LinkedIn, Facebook pages, and referrals from friends and family are all excellent ways to check on a builder’s reputation. Key factors to consider are the extent of the builder’s experience and the reviews they have received from past clients.
- Ask your Builder for References. It’s completely reasonable to request references from your builder. Talk to other homeowners and ask about their positive and negative experiences with each builder.
- Check Out Their Website or Social Media. This step can tell you a lot about the home plans that they offer as well as personality and culture of the company. Often you can find photo galleries or FAQ’s on a builder’s website, which can be an extremely useful part of the information gathering process.
- Does the Builder Fit Your Style? Make sure to let them know what kind of design you have in mind for your new home. Is it modern? Rustic? Classic? One story or two? Make sure they have experience building this type of home.
- Confirm your Builder’s Longevity. Is their company financially stable? More weathered companies always provide peace of mind to a homebuyer. An exemplary track record is always a benefit.
- Research Home Value Stability. Builders should be happy to provide you with a list of homes they have previously constructed. Looking into whether or not these homes have retained or lost their value over the years can give you great insight into the future of your home.
- Clearly State Your Needs. It’s a good idea to tell the builder up-front what sort of home you are looking for. Communication is absolutely key to making sure that everyone involved in the project understands your vision. It’s important to discuss the size, style, and price range that’s right for your family at the very beginning of your conversation with your builder.
- Warranty and Service Agreements. Ask for details regarding their warranty, service agreements, or workmanship guarantee. Knowing that such a warranty or agreement is in place to protect you can be a major comfort during this process.
- Industry Connection. Does your builder hold a good standing with local Home Builders Associations? They should be proud of their connections within their industry and their relationship with their local community.
- Take a Tour. Touring one of the builder’s homes is absolutely vital. No matter how much research you do, and no matter how sterling your builder’s reputation may be, nothing will provide you with peace of mind quite like seeing the quality of their work with your own eyes. Don’t be afraid to ask to tour model homes or homes that the builder has previously constructed.
Write a List of Questions. This is especially useful when touring model homes. When you have so much to see and consider, it can be easy to forget something you meant to ask beforehand. Having a physical list in hand at this time will keep you organized and efficient.