You’ve been thinking about your dream house for a while now, and you’re finally ready to get the ball rolling.
In order to make your dreams a reality, the first thing you need to do is hire the right custom home builder. Hiring the right company is the most important decision you’ll make when it comes to building your home.
Think of your custom home builder as the director of your movie script- you have the ideas down on paper, but without them, those ideas will never come to life.
But how do you know which custom home builder you should hire? There are some key questions you should ask yourself. Read on to learn more about the top 4 questions to ask when hiring a custom home builder.
1. Do I Love The Builder’s Work?
First things first. You need to take a thorough look at the builder’s portfolio and decide whether or not you love- not just like- the builder’s work. You are going to be spending years in your new home, so merely liking their work is not enough.
Scour their portfolio and write down everything you love and why you love it, as well as identifying any elements that you aren’t a fan of. Look at their portfolio from every angle, and ask all the questions you can.
If their work is great and they believe it to be so, they will have no problem standing up to a little scrutiny. A high-quality custom home builder will be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you have.
2. Is The Home Builder Accessible?
Before and during the entire home building process, you are going to have a lot of questions and concerns.
Therefore, it is very important that you hire a builder you can easily get a hold of and whom you can speak to directly. Even though home builders have busy schedules, they should still have the time to answer any of your questions in a timely manner. Their contact info should be apparent on their website (like Perth custom home builders have theirs).
If you get in contact with a home builder about hiring them, and then your calls start to go unanswered and unreturned, you may want to look elsewhere. How responsive they are before the building process is just as indicative of how response they’ll be during the process.
Almost just as important as deciding if you like the builder’s work, you also need to decide whether or not you like the builder.
Remember, you are going to be spending anywhere from 6 -12 months with your custom home builder. If you don’t get along with them, this will make those 6-12 months feel excruciatingly long.
If you are feeling bad vibes from the builder from the start, for whatever reason, don’t be afraid to look elsewhere.
Choosing a custom home builder you get along with will make the process much more enjoyable and memorable.
4. How’s Their Reputation?
Even when you’re getting a great vibe from a home builder and you love their portfolio, you still want to look into how everyone else views them.
Luckily, thanks to the internet, gathering reviews and testimonials is now easier than ever. You can check on the home builder’s website, as well as Better Business Bureau, Google, and Yelp. Two other major organizations for homeowner’s advocacy worth looking into are Homeowners Against Deficit Dwellings and Homeowners for Better Building.
While this may seem like a lot, remember, it’s your money and your home. Asking these questions and conducting all of this research will pay off in the long run!