REVIEW THE BUILDER’S REPUTATION
Custom Home builders are business owners, and as such, they have a reputation in their local communities. Good custom home builders develop exceptional reputations over time as they complete local development projects. In the same way, bad builders develop bad reputations. If you want to choose the right home builder, start by checking out their reputation. Going online can give you a basic idea, but asking questions to locals is even better. Talk to your neighbors, friends and local real estate professionals, and learn as much as you can.
TOUR THE BUILDER’S HOMES
If you really want to learn about their workmanship, you need to tour their completed properties. Ask to see newly completed and/or previous customers’ homes. When you tour the home, take a close look at the workmanship, including parts of the homes that are easy to overlook. Look at the quality of the paint job, the trim, the windows and other details. These small details could reveal deficiencies in the workmanship or indicate that the home builder is taking shortcuts during the construction process.
TALK TO PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS
Last but not least, it is important to talk to the actual owners of the homes. Touring an unsold home can reveal important details about the fit, finish, and workmanship of the builder, but talking to buyers who are living with those homes every day will reveal far more. Find out what previous buyers like – and more importantly what they don’t like – about their recent purchase. At the very least, this exercise will help you customize your new home. And if the builder is not up to par, you could save yourself a world of trouble and years of home buying regrets.
CHOOSING THE BUILDER
Finding a custom home builder you can trust is no easy task, but it is important to get this decision right. The roof over your head is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and choosing the wrong builder could be a very costly mistake. By doing a little homework you can choose the perfect home builder who you can trust, so you can spend more time enjoying your new home and less time worrying about it.