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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.

How to Hire a Good Mover

Monday, May 27th, 2013

When it comes to moving, hiring good movers might be an overwhelming task for anyone. With so many movers and packagers available in the market, one might find it difficult to choose the right one. If you want to make your moving experience easier and smoother, here are a few things to keep in mind when you interview prospective movers:

Ask around for a recommendation: If you have family or friends who have recently moved and chose to go with a moving company, ask them how their company was. If they gave a positive review for a certain company, you should definitely be looking towards that direction. However, don’t make that your one choice, still look around at your other options. There’s no guarantee that you’ll feel the same as them about that certain company.

Research: Just don’t stick to one or a few options, research various companies and speak many of their representatives. Researching multiple companies is vital to your ability to find the best company for you. By doing solid research beforehand, you can also avoid scams, overspending and wasting time with a less reputable company. To get started on your research, search on the Internet as well as in your local phone book. You could also ask your real estate representative to give you some reputable moving companies.

Choose a local company, unless you’re moving far away: To save some money, choose a local company if you can. If you choose a local company, typically charge an hourly rate for a truck and crew. If you’re moving farther away, you may want to consider on hiring a company from your new location or old one, but keep in mind that they would typically start charging mileage (or kilometres if Canada) and potentially on weight as well.

Cheap doesn’t mean best: Going with a cheap company doesn’t you’re getting a better deal. These companies can have poor service and/or incur charges on you later. There’s also the risk of running into fraudulent companies.

Get the quote /estimate after inspection: A company should never give you an upfront quote or price without looking at your belongings first. If they do this over the phone, hang up and don’t even consider hiring that company. They should come to your home first to inspect your belongings and the distance from your old place to your new one, and then they should be able to provide you a quote.

Check your insurance: Call up your insurance company and see if you have coverage in the event that there is an accident. Also ask the moving company if they offer liability coverage. Remember, if you pack things yourself and there is an accident that way, then the moving company will not be responsible for any damage.

It’s never a bad idea to ask your real estate professional on what to look for when hiring a moving company. Making sure you find a reputable home mover will make your home moving experience a lot more easy and smooth.

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