Find the right home builder, and get the home you want!
Building a new home is both exciting and daunting. What will make all the difference to your home building experience is choosing the right home builder. This is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you don’t have much experience in the home building game. We’ve taken the time to compile a list of hints to help you decide who’s the best home builder for your next home building project.
Do your research
Before you’ve even considered a short or long list, do your research and do it properly. This does not mean googling home builders in your area and choosing the cheapest. No. First, compile a list of home builders and go over their web sites and their gallery of completed houses; read any testimonials and research their online reputation
Second, speak to your family members, colleagues and friends and ask for recommendations on home builders. This includes on social media networks. Word-of-mouth, especially from people you know, is still an invaluable source of reliable information, helping you make an informed decision.
Things to look out for when choosing a home builder
- Make sure they are licensed
It sounds obvious, but many people just take it for granted that their home building company is licensed. Make sure to check this and ask to see any identification to confirm that they are indeed a licensed home building company.
- Check references, qualifications & credentials
Don’t take any home builder’s word for it, ask to see any licenses or qualifications for yourself, just to be sure.
Ask for a list of past clients and check their site for any others. Then, speak to these clients if possible. There’s no better feedback then real word-of-mouth feedback by previous clients of home builders.
Get quotes from several home builders, but don’t necessarily choose the cheapest one. Take all factors into account, including experience, price and the approachability of the builder. Then make an informed decision on who you believe will produce the best results for your new home.
- Energy-efficient credentials
In this day and age taking your energy needs into account before home building can save you a lot of money in the long run and be kinder on the environment. When you choose a home builder, ask them what their energy credentials are and their views on renewable energy. Do they work with solar and other energy-efficient methods? Can they help make your new home as energy efficient as possible? Ask for examples and for any projects of theirs that you can check out.
- Read the contract including the small print
Before you sign any contract with a home builder, read it thoroughly. In fact, ask any prospective home builders to send you their contracts. Go over them all and read the fine print, this will help prevent any nasty surprises and help you understand exactly what you are signing up for.
- Discounted deals & home builder promotions
Watch out for any home builder promotions, discounted materials and services, and any bonus inclusions. Make doubly sure that these are not gimmicks but real sales tools from established home builders.