If you have made the decision to build your dream home, you no doubt have the perfect vision in mind of the finished result. Finding a great custom home builder is generally necessary in order to help you turn your perfect dream into reality. In most areas of the country, there are numerous custom home builders who you can choose to work with. So how can you find the right one for your needs?
You can certainly search the internet for listings of custom home builders, but you may find it more helpful to visit work sites of homes in progress. One of the easiest ways to view these works in progress is to visit new development areas that allow home buyers to use their own builder. In fact, you may have already visited a few of these neighborhoods yourself in your search to find a great piece of land to build on. Most custom home builders will place their business sign in the front yard of a home under construction, so it is easy to determine who is building the home. While viewing each site, consider:
– the quality of construction and materials
– the organization of the job site
– if workers are present during normal work hours, if you visit during the day
– the overall style of the home
Meet With Custom Home Builders
By driving around, you likely have found at least a few home builders you may want to research more thoroughly. The next step to finding a great builder to work with is to contact that builder directly for an initial meeting. During the meeting, consider factors such as the builer’s overall building philosophy, your rapport with the builder, their costs and fees, their policy regarding your overall satisfaction with the finished project, and how hands-on the process may be for you.
Talk to Current and Past Clients
Building your own home can be a scary prospect. It is, after all, one thing to buy a home you have seen and walked through. It is another thing altogether to buy a home that you simply have a vision of in your head. After you have narrowed down your list of potential custom home builders, consider obtaining a list of current and past clients who you can contact. Ask these clients about their level of satisfaction, any areas they were truly unhappy with, areas the company excelled at, if the project was finished on time and on budget, and how stressful the process was. Keep in mind that each client will have a different experience, so it’s a good idea to talk to several different clients to develop a more well-rounded idea about what your own experience with the home builder may be like.