How to Select the Right Custom Home Builder

Are you getting ready to build a custom home that was designed to your specifications? If so, it is important that you learn how to select the right custom home builder so you can be certain the home turns out exactly as you had hoped. With these simple steps, you should find the perfect home builder for you.

Step #1: Ask Around

The first thing you should do when looking for a custom home builder is to ask people who they would recommend. If you don’t know anyone that has had a home custom built, talk to people within the industry. Your real estate agent, for example, can be a great resource for helping you find a custom builder.

Step #2: Check Credentials

Make certain the home builder is qualified and certified to build homes in your area. Also, make certain the company is properly insured and bonded. Finally, ask if the business was ever operated under another name or has ever filed for bankruptcy. A company that as filed bankruptcy should be avoided, as it is more likely the company will do it again and leave you stranded with an unfinished home.

Step #3: Check Reference

Once you have narrowed down your options, contact each of the home builders and ask them to provide you with references. Be certain to contact those references and ask them about their experience with the home builder. Try to ask open ended questions so the references can provide you with details about their experiences. If at all possible, do a drive by of the home and see if it is to you liking.

Step #4: Look at Spec Homes

Most home builders will have spec homes that you can walk through an inspect. Be certain to take advantage of this option. Walk through the home and look more for quality rather than aesthetic appeal. It is easy to hide poor craftsmanship behind attractive features.

Step #5: Tour Homes that are Under Construction

The home builder should be currently working on some homes, so ask if you can tour them while under construction. This will make it possible for you to get a better idea of the craftsmanship that goes into the framework and structure of the home.

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