How To Select A Custom Home Builder?

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How to select a custom home builder....


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Hi I'm Michael Mcguffie, President of Regal Classic Homes since 1988 and Licensed by the State of Florida since 1980.

Over the years I've found:
You can pay people to work for you but you cant pay them enough to give you their heart. They either have that capacity or not. Paying more for their heart only throws good money after bad. 
Select a Builder that will put their heart into constructing your dream home.

Hiring a builder is like selecting a spouse. 
Why do good marriages and building relationships go bad? 
Is it because they are bad people or just a difference in values, communication and problem solving skills?
Select a Builder that mirrors the attributes you admire. 

Your Builder is somebody you are going to spend a great deal of time with over the next year or years. Sometimes it takes months to develop building plans, a year to build your home, another year of warranty and more if you need help with a future issue.
Having a good relationship with this person is going to be really important to you.

Your first meetings are like dates. Does your Builder:
Show up on time? 
Take detailed notes? 
A good communicator? 
Follow up afterward with meeting notes? 
Do what he says he is going to do? 
Helpful or just focused on signing the deal? 
Is he patient?
Is he somebody you want to have a relationship with? 
Is he married, in a long term relationship or is this his 10 th marriage? 

Look carefully at his close building team:
The Interior designer, Architect, Realtor and site superintendent. This is the group you will be spending most of your time with.

Who's really building your home?
Does your builder construct your home or does he use a site manager. If he does, what is he like? Does he have the same skills you are looking for in a builder?  
Is the site manager even licensed?

If your builder is also the same person that will be constructing your home and you like him, that's a big plus. A streamlined communication channel means a smaller chance of communication breakdowns. He sells you the home, builds it and follows up with warranty service. If somethings not right you know who's responsible.

It's all about the relationship!
  A period of many years. 
  Your Builder will want to show your home to potential clients. 
  You will want your Builders help with future home issues. 
  Your Builder will want to use you as a satisfied client reference. 
  It's about the win, win!

Many clients think the best builder is an x tradesman. I've found they don't have the skills to manage the process successfully. 

Building a home is a complicated process.

It's best to look for an organized, communicator. 

A Builder needs a solid team and an organized process. 

Stop by one of the builders jobs and speak with the trades on site. The workmen are loose cannons and will tell it like it is!  They'll let you know if the Builder is a jerk, builds a quality home or if he hasn't been paid in months.

Look for:
An experienced Builder.
State licensed.
Client references. 
Member of the Master Custom Builders Association or (MCBC). The top   35 Custom Home Builders in Central Florida.
Supplier and Subcontractor references.
Member of the local homebuilders Association.


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Regal Classic Homes.


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Jennifer Provencio
Fresno-Clovis-Visalia-Hanford-Tulare-Merced-Stockton-Modesto-Madera-San Luis Obispo-Bakersfield - Fresno, CA
The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist

That is a great post! It's so important to make sure that you have the right builder. I've seen people who've made the mistake of selecting the wrong builder and paid for it big time. Thank you for posting.

Jul 07, 2015 04:23 AM #1
Michael McGuffie
Regal Classic Homes - Windermere, FL
Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling

Thanks Jennifer! Delighted I can contribute valueto the AR community.

Jul 07, 2015 04:27 AM #2
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Great post, I always find it hard to recommend a customer home builder to someone that purchased a lot. It is all about looking into the past work for me, it sounds like you run a great business. Have a great week!

Jul 07, 2015 05:19 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hi Michael McGuffie Hiring a builder is like selecting a spouse!!  that's a great line....and so true....except the spouse can be kicked to the curb...divorce is a common's more difficult to sever ties with a custom builder once there are no further contingencies and construction has started.... select wisely.... 

Jul 07, 2015 10:59 AM #4
Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael McGuffie - as much as I agree with your statement

"Hiring a builder is like selecting a spouse. "

there may be an easy way out from that relationship! Not so easy with the builder, once you 'tie the knot'!

Jul 07, 2015 01:57 PM #5
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Mike, How far afield do you go from Orlando? Do you build in SW FLA?

Bill Roberts

Jul 08, 2015 12:27 AM #6
Michael McGuffie
Regal Classic Homes - Windermere, FL
Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling

Bill, no, sorry, we only build in Central Florida, Orlando area.Thanks for asking!

Jul 08, 2015 01:03 AM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thank you for sharing an informative post on how to select a customer home builder.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 14, 2015 12:22 PM #8
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