For many, building a custom home is a dream come true for many, but it can turn into a nightmare quickly if you hire the wrong contractor. Protect yourself from the mistakes of dishonest or inexperienced home builders by doing your homework BEFORE signing any contracts.
Do Your Research
Doing your research is important. Discover a home builder through asking friends or family for suggestions or recommendations. Check the companies ratings and reviews and check to see with the Better Business Bureau if they’ve had any complaints. Make sure to take a look at the builders’ portfolios to get an ideal of the quality of their work.
Narrow Your Choices Down
Narrow your choices down through your initial research to the home builders you want to interview for the job. Find out their method for calculating estimates and criteria for choosing subcontractors and how they handle unforeseen circumstances that arise during the building process during the interview. Ask for references from previous customers to contact and follow up with them; if they’re unwilling to provide references, TAKE IT AS A WARNING SIGN and choose a different contractor!
When contacting references, ask if there were any problems encountered during construction, if the home builders estimates were accurate, and if they would hire them again for another job.
Verify The Home Builder
Verify the home builder has general liability coverage and worker’s compensation BEFORE you make the final decision to hire someone. Request to see a estimate, sample contract, legal releases, construction schedule, warranty, change order, and manual. Review all of these materials to make sure that they are in order and BE SURE to ask questions about anything that you don’t fully understand.
Once you’ve done your research, interviewed potential home builders and have gone over the proper paperwork, it’s time to choose who you’ll hire for the job. Be wary of any home builders who employs high-pressure sales tactics or who offer you an estimate that seems way too low. Make sure that the home builder you choose provides you with a warranty for their work.
Clarity Between You & The Contract
At last, make sure the contract is complete and clearly written before you sign. You want to be able to understand the contract just as well as the home builder themselves.
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