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How to Locate the Right Home Builder

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

For those, who want their new house to be constructed from scratch, finding a reliable builder is a very important requirement. Having a good builder is very necessary as the builder will be in charge of the construction of your house. If you want to locate the right builder for your new house, here are some criteria to consider:

Reputation
Look for an established builder with an extensive client list.

Area of operations
Choose a builder who is familiar with the area where you want your home to be built. Local knowledge is important because residential construction is very regional in nature. An out-of-the-area builder might not be prepared to handle variations in local building codes, subcontracting practices, inclement weather patterns or other factors.

Type of home
Select a builder who has extensive experience constructing homes in your price range and general design style.

Compatibility
Building a home is a highly personal and emotional experience. That’s why you’ll want choose a builder with whom you’ll feel comfortable.

Warranty
The builder should be willing and able to offer you a comprehensive written warranty on your new home.

Financial stability
Some builders run their businesses better than other builders do. Make sure the building company you select is financially viable.

Financial strength
Success in the home-building business is earned by building a quality product at a fair price. A builder who is financially successful likely will still be in business during the warranty period for your new home. Further, successful builders are in the best position to contract for the services of top subcontractors and suppliers-the people who will actually build your home.

Beyond these factors, the most important consideration is the quality of the builder’s homes. Cost is not a direct measure of quality. Rather, good quality is the merging of good design with appropriate products and materials that are installed with superior workmanship. The most expensive window might not look or perform any better than a substantially less expensive window. But improper installation of that window will diminish its quality, regardless of its cost. Generally, costly finishes and fixtures won’t offset shoddy application or installation.

Steps in Choosing the Right Home Builders

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The first step in choosing the right builder is to find a number of companies to compare against one another. You can find these businesses by looking to your local home builders association. These companies are comprised of recognized professionals with appropriate licensing for the task at hand. They should be individuals who are associated with an organization that is leading the industry in your area. You can also talk to real estate agencies or friends to find out more about these individuals.

The next step is to learn as much as you can about the company and its skills. Looking at its experience can help you to better understand what to expect. You can ask the company about their history, but also ask to see completed projects similar to your own. Ideally, you will want to talk to others about their experiences working with the builder. Was it a good one? What problems arose? How well did the company handle these complications? By getting references and talking to individuals, you can reduce your risk of winding up with someone that you do not fully trust to do the job.

One of the steps you need to take is to understand exactly what you are getting for your investment. When comparing companies, find out what skills or special elements these companies can offer you that are different than what others can offer you. In short, you want to know how well they can fill your needs, give you ideas and customize the entire process for your success. Take the time to talk to the builder personally to get a feel for what he or she can do for you.

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