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Ten Steps to Finding the Right Builder for You

Categories: Blog | Posted: July 6, 2016

 

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!

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

 

Bonus Tip:

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.

Factors to Consider About the Location of Your Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 28, 2016

Everyone has heard the phrase “Location, location, location!” in discussions about real estate. Different homeowners may value different aspects of their location, but here are a few factors every potential homeowner needs to consider.

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Short Commutes

Unnecessarily long commutes will ruin the beginning and end of each work day if you let them. The time and expense of a commute can be the deciding factor in choosing whether or not an area is right for you.

Close to Conveniences

Shopping, entertainment, and restaurants are key elements to consider when looking at locations. A bustling local plaza or mall can be a great amenity.

Great Neighbors

A friendly and safe neighborhood is an absolute must-have when choosing the location of your family’s home. Having a cordial community around you can enhance the experience of homeownership. A great neighborhood means security for yourself, your family, and your property value.

Excellent School Districts

For all homeowners, the quality of the local school district is an important consideration. Excellent school districts help an area to cultivate higher property values and attract young families. This one factor can contribute to keeping an area vibrant for years down the road and can also positively influence resale value.

Low Crime Rates

It may seem obvious but it bears stating that homebuyers should check the crime rates in the neighborhoods that they are considering. A quick internet search can help you make a more informed decision.

Inspiring Views

It is important to consider what you want to see outside of your window. This view can be a great boon when it comes to both the quality of your life and the value of your home. Any property which overlooks a scenic vista is typically valued higher by the market. However, some people may prefer the comforting normality of a cozy suburban street or the vibrancy of city life.

Nature, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation

Parks and playgrounds are fantastic amenities for any homeowner. They can accommodate team sports, picnics, and occasionally even hiking. They also provide visual appeal and privacy by breaking up the residential streets with communal and recreational areas.

Hospitals and Airports and Expressways

These three words are anathema to many homebuyers. After all, who wants to live right across the street from a hospital which may have ambulances arriving at all hours, or an airport which is equally beleaguered with traffic of a different kind? Remember that while being right on top of these services might not be ideal, keeping them close by may not be a bad idea. There can be a great convenience in jumping right on the expressway and getting to work in record time. Likewise, being close to the airport will make vacations and business trips much easier. A nearby hospital or another emergency service can also provide great peace of mind to any family.

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