Congratulations! You’ve decided to build the home of your dreams. The next decision is choosing a home builder. But how do you select a builder who will be an integral part of turning your dream home into a reality? With a little research, you’ll find the right builder who can create the home you’ve always wanted. Here are 6 tips for choosing a home builder:
1. Determine Your Budget
Before you even think about choosing a home builder, you need to know how much money you have to work with. Any reputable builder is going to discuss your budget with you and clearly explain “how much home” you can get for your money. “During our initial meeting, we discuss the customer’s budget and the cost of home construction in great detail,” explains Brad Sawler, owner of Oxland Builders. “We feel it’s important for our clients to have an upfront understanding of exactly what they are getting and how their choices affect the final price,” he adds.
Read how Oxland’s Design-Build process ensures customers get the custom home they expected–on time and within budget.
2. Decide What Style of Home You Want
What style of home are you dreaming of? Is it a contemporary design or a traditional colonial you envision yourself living in? Identifying the style can help you in choosing a home builder as some builders specialize in a certain type of home build. Are you interested in a production home or a custom home? When working with a production home builder, you can choose from a number of set plans. When building a custom home, you and the builder work much more closely together on the details—including upgrades and customized designs—to make the home truly yours.
3. Create a List of Builders
Contact your local home builders association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. Talk to your friends and relatives about their building experiences. Lenders, real estate agents, and code inspectors can all provide helpful perspectives on builders in the area. Social media can serve as another great way to quickly solicit feedback from the people you know.
4. Ask Questions
Once you’ve narrowed down your list to three or four builders, it’s time to start asking questions. Taking the time to get to know a potential builder before signing a contract can help ensure a positive home building experience. Here are some questions to start with:
- How long have you been in business?
- Who do you use for subcontractors and how long have they been in business?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- What does the price include?
- Can you provide references?
- Is there a home you built that I can visit?
5. Get Quotes and Compare Them
Choosing a builder solely on price is one of the worst mistakes you can make in building a home. Once you’ve received quotes, be sure to spend some time comparing them. Your builder should provide specific details on what you will receive for your money. “As part of the homeowner budget analysis, Oxland reviews spend options but the final contract will detail exactly what’s included with their investment–right down to the brand and type of tile and fixtures,” notes Sawler.
6. Trust Your Instincts
The relationship you have with your builder can determine your overall experience of building a home. Make sure you’re comfortable communicating and asking questions throughout the building process. You should feel a sense of trust and confidence in your builder. In addition, if your builder seems uncomfortable speaking openly with you, it may not be the right fit.
Custom Homes and Remodeling in NH Seacoast and Southern ME
Choosing the right home builder, like the trusted craftsmen at Oxland Builders, will turn your dream home into a reality. We are a full-service custom home building and remodeling company. To learn how Oxland successfully delivers custom homes on time and within budget, read about our Design-Build process. To discuss your custom home or remodeling project, contact us today!