Most people dream of the day they can build their own homes. Some even gather photos of features they desire in their dream homes. If you have gone further than dreaming and into researching and preparing to build your own home, you will take advantage of many opportunities that most people don’t have. However, the success of your build relies on finding a reputable custom home builder. Therefore, consider these tips.
Set Your Goals
Your first step is to set your goals. This starts with identifying what you need in your new home. For example, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? What kind of square footage are you looking for? Do you prefer an open floor plan? If you plan to age in place, you may prefer a one-story over a multi-story home. Also, define your preferred architectural style, e.g., Tudor, Victorian, mountain, etc.
Do Some Research
Your next step is to research your local contractors. First, search for those who specialize in your preferred architectural style. Then, look over your prospects’ websites and online reviews. Contact the state and city to ensure they are properly licensed and insured. You can also check with your local chamber of commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
Also, if you have friends, loved ones or peers who have had a home built, ask about their contractors and experiences.
Interview the Builder
Your key focus in the interview should be your builder’s experience. You want a builder with extensive experience in your area. They need to understand local building codes and other regulations that they must follow. They should also have been in the business for several years and have successful projects that they can show you.
Do Some Final Verifications
Finally, ask for and check the builder’s references. Then, ask for copies of their licensing and insurance, including liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Discuss who will be working on your home, including subcontractors. Finally, ask about any warranties they offer on the construction and systems in your home, including their length and transferability.
Don’t base your choice on pricing alone. Look for a reputable custom home builder with experience and integrity.