Congratulations! You’ve decided it’s time to build a new home….now what?
From the get go of building a new home, one of the first things a new homeowner will realize is that there are a lot of decisions. Literally hundreds of them throughout the entire process. Perhaps one of the most important choices is that of who will build your home. Selecting the right builder can make a huge difference not only in the quality of your finished home, but in the quality of your home building process.
A great builder will do more than just build your home and send you invoices to be paid, they will be open and transparent with your plans and pricing while helping guide you through the process from start to finish. They will also keep open communication with you and be responsive to questions you may have during design or construction. Additionally, a great builder will surround themselves with an entire team dedicated to helping you build your new home. While this may start with their office staff in working out an amazing design and putting together a budget, it should continue through to the job site superintendent, vendor partners, and tradespeople. At each step there should be an opportunity for a homeowner to ask questions and get professional, accurate answers.
Researching home builders in your area can be difficult, but a good place to start would be the internet. Are they part of any local or national builders associations? Do they have a BBB record, and if so what is their rating? Finding a builder’s website or social media accounts can also provide a lot of background details on the history of the company, photos of previous work, and often reviews or recommendations from previous homeowners. These tools will provide insight into the reputation and design style of the builder, and can help you narrow down your field of potential builders to a few strong candidates.
Other factors that are important to consider when choosing a builder may be their typical price range of new homes, where they typically build, and any awards or recognition they have received.
Once you have a list of a few builders, the next step would be scheduling a meeting with each of them to sit down and review your initial thoughts on floor plan, location, etc. It is not imperative that you have all the details figured out at this point. A great home builder will help you with these decisions. Each meeting does not have to be long, but enough time to get a feel for what they can offer, how well they fit your particular needs, and how well they communicate with you. Often the initial meeting with a builder can tell your quite a bit about how well they may or may not fit with your project.
In the end, it is important to remember that building a new home is exciting! This is your chance to create the home of your dreams. A great builder will keep you excited for your new home and offer you the tools and experience to guide you through the process from the initial meeting, through design and construction, and into move in day.