Choosing a home builder is just as important as buying a new home. The selection process is nearly the same. Hopefully you know what type of home interests you, whether it is a custom or production home. The type of home as far as style, size and building materials will have a direct bearing on the company you choose to complete the project. Is your home intended to be a one-of-a-kind unique creation, including your own customized floor plan? Or will you be choosing from a variety of stock production homes that offer different floor plans? Keep this in mind when soliciting a builder who has the most experience with your building project.
Call or visit your local Home Builders’ Association and make a list that includes home builders who have a history of home construction in your area. You can use your computer to browse the HBA site and click on the links that direct you to specific builder company locations and contact information.
Read advertizements and articles in the real estate section of your local newspaper. Here you will find builders and their current and past projects. You want an active builder that includes your geographical area. Make note of any testimonials and comments from satisfied customers. Determine what types of homes they construct and if they fall within your criteria. Makes notes of company names (the more recognizable the better), and prices that fall within your budget.
Find local real estate agents and ask them for suggestions about local builders and their projects. Real estate agents are in direct contact with buyers of new homes and can tell you about buyer satisfaction levels. Family friends and relatives who have recently bought new homes are also a good source of word-of-mouth evaluation, and they can serve as excellent references in determining quality of construction.
A home building project will put you into a personal relationship with the mangers and construction crew, which might last from several months to a year or more. Your best builder will have a large portfolio of home construction projects that are similar to your design needs. Check the Better Business Bureau’s internet website for their rating, and make note if any lawsuits or complaints have been lodged. You want a builder to have a spotless reputation with the BBB. Ask about any industry awards, special commendations or certifications. Awards and professional organizational memberships are a plus with any builder, demonstrating that they have excelled beyond industry expectations and quality standards.
A competent builder is one who has a permanent business address with an office. Address information should not come from a post office box number that is out of state or out of the country. In addition to having a local address, the builder should have a successful record of continuing business for at least three years minimum and preferably longer. A younger business has not yet had the chance to establish true financial stability, and this can be reflected in their bank statements–income and payouts สร้างบ้าน
Conduct a personal interview with your home builder. Ask for any references with contact information. Call or visit past client/customers and query them about their impressions on their home, whether they had their expectations met or not. Ask about the builder’s strengths and weaknesses and whether the home was constructed on time or if there were any problems with scheduling, material quality, prices and workmanship. Ask about any problems that the home buyer encountered and whether they were resolved in a courteous and swift manner.
Ask for a personal tour of a home that is currently under construction or near completion. This is the perfect time to ask questions about materials, such as framework, electrical systems and plumbing. Ask about warranties and guarantees, and ask to be provided with a sample contract so you know exactly what the entire building process entails. This is also the time to gauge the professionalism of the workforce, whether they are competent and organized. Make note of the tools and machinery equipment used in the construction. You would like to see clean tools and sound running equipment, traits that demonstrate the home builder’s pride.