If you are planning to build your own home, it helps to meet with at least three builders to talk about your options. A good home builder will be able to help you understand the different phases of the home building process. They will focus on keeping you informed about the different requirements of building your new house, and how long it will take. Selecting your home builder is as big a step as selecting your dream home plan. Here are some tips to help you find the right home builder.
Define Your Needs
After finding your dream home floor plan, you need to look for builders that are willing to build the home for you. You will want to look for builders that are accustomed to building homes from a variety of designers and if possible, find a builder that has built and is familiar with Don Gardner home plans. You should already have your dream home plan chosen before meeting with builders to ensure you pick the design that best fits your needs and not the builders.
Search for Experience
When you have plans for a house, it helps to find a home builder with experience. Experience shows that the builder knows how to handle a number of different things that occur during the building process. If possible, visit some of the homes the builder has built in the past couple of years. This will give you an idea of what they and their sub-contractors can do, and if their style and attention to detail meets your expectations. Another important thing to consider along with experience is their reputation. Do previous homeowners rank them highly? Do they refer them to others? It helps to search for a home builder with experience to know their work will be able to translate your dream home into reality.
Discuss the warranty options with potential builders. Do they provide a home warranty? Do they offer any additional warranty services from other builders? How many warranties claims have been made against their builds in the past 3-5 years? In addition to warranties, how well does the builder handle follow-up punch list work? Do they address issues that arise after closing in a timely fashion?
Insurance and Background
Always do your research on the builder to make sure they have adequate insurance to cover all workers that will be on-sight during the construction along with any other issues that might occur. It is also extremely important to verify that your builder is licensed. Knowing you are hiring a person with a quality reputation is the best way to know you are hiring the right person to help you build your own house.
We not only want to help you to select the best home floor plans available, but we aim to assist you through the entire home building process until your home is complete. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, you can discover your dream home floor plans, access a wealth of resources about the home building process and find experienced builders in your area to help you move into your dream home. Why wait? For timeless designs and functional living, let the team at Donald A. Gardner Architects welcome you home today!