If you’ve decided to have a new home built for yourself and your family, you’re not just undertaking a massive investment. You’re also making the choice to have a new residence, with no history, no baggage, and all the latest construction techniques and hardware incorporated into the building.
Because this is going to be both your home and your investment, you want to make sure you hire a home builder that will do the job right. But how do you do that? Here are five things to consider when you’re looking to hire a home builder.
1 – Use Trusted References
It’s hard to go wrong with this one. If you have a friend or relative and they’ve recently had a new home built for themselves that you’ve seen and loved, ask about names. One of the safest ways to make a choice is to go with a recommendation from someone that you know and trust. If you’ve actually walked around in the final results for yourself and liked what you saw, so much the better!
2 – Stay On Guard For Unusual Finances
While you should keep an eye out for good points, you should also be careful when bad, or questionable points come up. If a homebuilder makes a bid to you that seems too good to be true because it’s so much lower than other bids, it probably is. In the same way, if you want to hire a home builder, but then that builder asks for a very sizable deposit right at the start, that should ring alarm bells. If you see any holes, ambiguities or uncertainties about the work, such as insurance, or no way to easily make contact, be very careful.
3 – Do Your Homework
Even if you’re getting a recommendation from someone you trust, the more information you have, the better off you are. Research your choices as and take the time to look at different home builders. Check additional reviews; see if they have any rating on the Better Business Bureau. The Internet is a powerful research tool, so make the most of it.
4 – Check References & Work
Once you’ve started narrowing down choices, look at specific references a home builder may offer. Talk to past clients if you’re not working from a trusted recommendation. If it’s possible to see their past work, either in photos or in person, go check it out. This is going to be your house! Take no chances!
5 – Establish Lines Of Communication
The home builder you hire is someone you’ll be working with for months. Make sure you have a good line of communication and working relationship! If you feel like you can’t come to this builder with your concerns, and work out differences, this can have a big impact on the final results of your home. Quality craftsmanship is important but equally important is feeling comfortable with the professional relationship you are about to start. If you don’t get along with your homebuilder, this will be reflected in your home.
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