Your home is likely going to be the biggest investment of your life. When you are looking for a property, you have the option to buy a new or used premade home, or build a custom home. Your custom home builder will probably work very closely with you for several months to a year to bring your vision to life. It is important that you understand one another and have a good working relationship. In short, you don’t want to rush the process of finding the right builder for your dream home. The following are five tips to keep in mind when searching for your custom home builder.
Search for a custom home builder the right way
The best assessment you can get is from your friends, family, co-workers, and other people in your social circle. Check out your local home builder’s association, as well. Once you have some names, research them online. Check their business operations and confirm they have a physical address. It may also be a good idea to weed out builders who do not have years of experience. You will want someone who has established roots and will stick around, especially after your house is built, in case you need to activate the warranty.
Check into the businesses
Once you have your list, check out each builder’s reputation online. Review their business operations, ratings, and comments on Angie’s List, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau. You will want to pay attention to complaints and negative reviews as well as good reviews. All custom home builders must have their contractor’s license to confirm that they are in good standing with state authorities.
Once you contact any custom home builders, ask to see their workers’ compensation and general liability insurance policies. Some policies can hold the customer accountable for injuries that occur on the job, rather than the company.
View past work and and ask for references
Now that you are speaking with a handful of potential custom home builders, ask them for references and past clients. Don’t just collect these names and fail to follow-up. Past customers often offer insightful information regarding work ethic, operations, and how well builders collaborate with their clients.
Remember, communication is key
This is your custom home, so you need to know that your builder will keep you aware of issues and progress. Some builders brush aside their clients because they are the experts, but at the end of the day, you are the one living in the house. You will want to choose a home builder who takes your calls and genuinely considers your issues.
Also, consider how effectively the builder communicates the process and issues. A professional and experienced custom home builder will explain everything to you. Once they leave, it will be your responsibility to take care of the property, so communication is key during the building process.
Finally, ask about the contract. Your contract should be detailed and include deadlines and milestones. It should explain each step of the construction process, so be wary of short and vague contract terms.
Watch for these red flags
Does the builder ask for a large upfront deposit? Does the home builder expect you to purchase materials along the way, rather than getting them himself during the process? These are two warning signs that the builder may not be right for you. Also, once you begin soliciting bids, you should avoid those who bid too low. Low bidders probably under-estimate costs, potential issues, and delays. Essentially, the bids should cluster around one another.
Finally, how detailed is the bid? It should include details of the entire process, subcontractors, milestones, proof of insurance, and other key information. Getting this information can help you verify their reputation and what you can expect from the builder.
Choosing the best custom home builder for your needs
Selecting the right custom home builder can be difficult, but it is a necessary task. Take the time to make sure you have found the right one for you and never feel pressured by slick presentations or a salesperson with a nice smile. Trust a company that is upfront about their business operations and what they can do for you.
At Hunter Corp, we emphasize our relationship with our clients and will keep you informed of the entire process to bring your vision to life. We utilize unique designs and close cooperation with clients to ensure that the building process is easy and enjoyable.
Speak to one of our experienced professionals about how we can help you build the custom home of your dreams. Call us at (806) 418-2744 or Contact Us by email today to learn more about Getting Started on your new home. We are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii.