You've decided it's time for a new home, but you don't want to buy someone else's house.
You want the home of your dreams. However, an important choice must be made first – which home builder should you hire? You've undoubtedly heard some pretty scary stories about contracts and quotes and price changes, etc. You certainly don't want to deal with that. After all, building your custom home should be as smooth and seamless as possible. It should be a dream, not a nightmare.
Tips to help you choose the home builder that best fits your needs.
What Kind of Living Space Do Do You envision?
Before choosing a builder, you need to decide what type of house you want to be constructed. Certain contractors specialize in specific types of homes. The scope of your project will have everything to do with the builder you choose. Are you envisioning a luxury mansion or just a comfortable, well-built, energy-efficient home? Energy efficiency is a hot topic these days, and some builders are better at it than others.
What Are Your Options?
Now it's time to make a list of prospective builders. Naturally, you will want to ask around. A recommendation from a friend or relative goes a long way toward increasing your comfort level. You trust their opinion so that you can be more comfortable in your choice.
While local real estate agents might be happy to recommend a homebuilder, you can also check your local newspaper’s real estate section. In your area, who is active and what kind of buildings are they constructing? This is also where you can get information regarding price ranges.
Check with your local HBA (Home Builders Association). To find out what's being constructed in your area, and by whom, begin your search with this website: nahb.org/findanhba.
Now it's time to narrow down your list.
Research, Research, Research
You can find absolutely anything online these days, and that includes reviews for every business. This kind of homework may seem bothersome, but it’s a necessary step and assures a better outcome.
Once you've done your online research, it's time to hit the pavement. Builders are more than happy to show you homes that they have constructed or are in the process of building. Walk through them to check the quality and integrity of every possible aspect – from the foundation and framing all the way to the carpeting and cabinetry. Moreover, ask questions! Not only of the prospective homebuilder but, should you tour an occupied home, talk with the owner regarding their satisfaction, any problems that arose, and if they would purchase another home from this builder.
Deciding On a Builder
Once you've narrowed it down to a couple of possibilities, there's nothing wrong with encouraging a little bidding. Make sure you have shared a blueprint or, at the very least, a sketch of what you want your home to look like. No one can give you an honest bid without a good idea of what you're looking for.
Once You've Made Your Decision…
The ideal contract covers a multitude of areas, including the following:
• Who is doing the hiring, and who is doing the work?
• The set amount of money agreed to be paid.
• Schedules, drawings, payment terms, etc.
• And pretty much anything else that is needed in order to clear up the question "What if this happens…?"
Remember to let your contractor manage the project. If you've made all of your needs and desires clear, they should be able to see the project through from beginning to end – saving you the hassle. And whereas you may be tempted to engage the services of a carpenter, an electrician, a plasterer, and others, the use of a general contractor is frequently encouraged. Among other things, it helps your contractor to more effectively and efficiently manage the team/project.
At BerHoff Homes, we pride ourselves on not only helping others to build the home of their dreams, but we construct homes that will save you money! For every dollar you invest in your home, our unique designs and concentration on energy efficiency will, over the life of your home, create multiple savings. Contact us today so that we can begin assisting you in the creation of your perfect new living space – one that saves you money and meets all of your wants and needs.