5 Steps to Selecting Your Custom Home Builder
Building a custom home gives you the freedom and flexibility to create your dream house, but it’s also a big undertaking. You could wind up working with your custom home builder for more than two years by the time you factor in the design, build and warranty periods.
As a result, selecting your builder isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. We recommend you follow these steps to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you end up with the builder who is right for you.
1. Be Prepared Before you begin interviewing builders, it’s a good idea to envision what you’re looking for in the finished product.
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features can’t you live without? What architectural style are you imagining? If you’re able to share this type of information during the interview, you’ll be able to have a much more productive conversation with your potential builder.
2. Visit Models After you’ve narrowed down your list of possible builders, be sure to visit some of their model homes. Model homes offer a good indication of a builder’s eye for details. Do the home’s aesthetics mesh with your sense of style?
3. Ask for Referrals Once you have an idea of the type of home you’d like to build and you’ve seen some models that you like, it’s time to ask for some referrals. Any professional builder should be able to provide you with the contact information for several past clients.
In addition to asking about how their project turned out, you’ll also want to get the inside scoop on what it was like to work with the builder. Were they helpful throughout the process? Where they easy to work with?
4. Don’t Get Hung Up on Price Per Square Foot You can’t call a restaurant and ask for the price of dinner by the pound because the cost depends on whether you’re ordering steak, chicken or a vegetarian option. The same thing is true when it comes to building a custom home.
When budgeting for a new home, many people look to price per square foot as an indicator of the total project cost, but be wary of taking this approach. To meet price per square foot requirements, some builders may simply lower allowances. Rather, look for a home builder who gives you a range when you ask about price per square foot. This will allow you to splurge on “steak” in the spots where it’s important to you.
5. Trust Your Gut After you’ve completed all the aforementioned due diligence, your decision should come down to how well you “click” with a builder. Building a custom home isn’t like purchasing a new car. Rather than simply driving off the lot, when you choose a custom home builder, you’re committing to them for a long time.
Choose a builder you trust because they’ll be your guide on your journey to creating your dream home.