The most significant decision you will embark on towards the road to your custom home is selecting the Perfect Builder. Choose well, and you will have a loyal partner; one that will bring your dream home to life, and eventually a house that your family will love residing in for a lifetime. Settle for less-than-the-perfect-fit, and you may repent it, not just during the build, but for several years to come.
Here are few tips to consider before selecting a custom home builder:
Focus on Quality First
A custom home cannot be considered a temporary dwelling. This will be the place where you and your family will reside in for years to come. The place where your children will play, laugh and run down the hallways. The place where you will entertain friends and family during birthdays, holidays and Saturday afternoons. You should not need to be concerned about repairs, especially repairs to critical structural systems that may be costly and difficult to fix or upgrade later.
Your immediate priority when picking out a builder should be the quality of their work. Ask to expedite previous projects, be sure to go through references, and question the builder about the structural materials that you won’t see first-hand.
The key to your home’s durability is a solid foundation through and through, and your custom home builder should be selecting high-quality products from the countertops up to the framing. Ask builder contenders what materials they employ, so you can be sure that you will get a quality-built home from the ground up.
Do Your Homework
Narrowing your hunt for a builder can be a bit difficult. A good start is searching based on the location of your future home. From there, you can look for builder portfolios and past floor plans. Word-of-mouth is another great way to learn about local builders.
Consult family and friends who have already built custom homes, curate a list of potential builders and conduct detailed interviews.
Transparency Is Critical
The best builders to work with are wholly transparent and willing to answer every query from the beginning. They will give you an all-inclusive estimate and a timeline in a prompt way. They will tell you their construction philosophy and the products they employ. And, they will quote you their relationship with contractors and all the different people who will be contributing to building your home. Stay away from the builders who have trouble answering these questions.
Asking Questions Should Never be Questioned
This could be your first time that you have built a custom home, and no one enjoys considered uneducated. But, building a custom home is a massive investment of both your time and money. A potentially good builder is not only happy to answer even your most silly questions but will encourage you to ask all of them.
Claire Bills is a civil engineer employed at a decent construction firm in Weymouth. With the bulk of experience as a builder in Weymouth MA since completion of her bachelors in civil engineering, she likes to blog about the latest challenges by the construction industry.