When the time comes to renovate your home or you want to invest in a new property you’ll find there are a plethora of builders out there waiting for your job. Here’s how to select the right builder.
- Be Specific
You need to be as specific as possible about the size and type of house that you need. While some builders may be able to make any kind of house many of them specialise in a particular type or style of house. You would be hard-pressed to find a builder who makes both starter homes and high-rise mansions. The materials and equipment needed also change depending on the type of home.
- Experience Goes a Long Way
While it is true that every builder was a new builder at some point you need to find a company with some experience under their belt; even if it’s a new firm with a few veteran builders on their team. Find a building company with builders who are experienced in the home you need to be built.
- Don’t Overlook the Past
A good builder will offer you references and referrals if you ask for them. Follow up on these references and ask them if they were satisfied with the builder and would recommend them. Find out about any problems they had with the builder too; anything that would stop them from recommending the builder.
- Are they Licensed and Insured?
Not every state will require a builder to be licensed but even in these states you should work only with licensed builders. Also ask the builder about their insurance. You should only work with licensed and insured builders.
- Does Their Work Fit Your Design?
Basically is the builder experienced in the kind of work you need to have one? If they have mostly made contemporary homes they may not be the best fit to make a traditional home. While many home builders will have a broad range of experience you need to work with one who has at least some experience in your kind of job.
- Warranty and Service
One of the advantages of making a new home from scratch is that almost everything is brand-new and under warranty. There’s a real peace of mind that comes with the knowledge everything will last for a long time. You should try and find a structural warranty of at least ten years for the home that can be transferred to a new owner if you decide to sell. You should also look for builders who are able to provide prompt and courteous services under warranty and one who takes the time to explain how to properly maintain and care for your new home.
- Are they Involved in the Industry?
Is the builder you’ve got your eyes on part of the Home Builders Association? If not try not to worry too much because some good builders don’t see the point of joining. It does show you that the builder is committed to the area though, and a sign of their commitment to working with local suppliers and contractors.
- Tour Their Past Works
Every good contractor (Arran Construction for example) will have model homes or homes they’ve built for other people that you can visit. It’s vital that you take this chance to see their work for yourself. You need to pay attention to how the house looks and feels and check the quality of their work. The home isn’t the only thing you need to check the quality of too. Look at the people who work for the builder. Are they interested in you and your job? Do they listen to you and answer your questions? You need to get on well with these people given how much time you’ll be spending together.