It is very important to find a qualified and reliable builder for your new home. There are ways to find a good match for you and speed up the selection process. Here are a few steps to consider when choosing a builder.
Does the design fit?
Find a builder with some work that includes the style of home that you are looking to build. A builder whose portfolio only contains a traditional style when you are looking for a contemporary is not a good fit.
Are you using a Licensed and Insured Builder?
You will need to make sure that you and the builder are covered during the building of your home. Not all areas or states require a builder to be licensed. Ask the trade contractors and builders what insurance they carry.
Experience Does Matter
Do not rule out a new home builder because many come from very experienced building firms. Of course, you want to look for strong experience in the style of home you are looking for.
Service and Warranty
A big selling point of a new home is that it comes with a warranty and most of the systems and products used are new and under warranty. Make sure your builder is prompt with warranty service and will teach you proper maintenance of your home and products.
Do they have satisfied past home buyers?
The best question you could ask is if they would buy another home from this builder. If they state that they would not recommend the builder then be sure to ask why they would not.
Are there signs of Quality?
Do not just check out the Model Homes. Be sure to pay attention to the homes that are still under construction. Are they using brands with a good reputation?
Know You Needs
Some builders only specialize in certain homes and others have a more broad range. As a first time buyer you more than likely will not be looking for a multi-million dollar building firm.
These are just some of the things to consider when trying to find the right builder for you. The more questions you ask, the better you will understand what your builder can provide.
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