Go back to read Part 1 if you have not yet.
To find the ideal person that you wish to build for you or to purchase a residence from, solicit referrals from family members, friends, and colleagues who are more knowledgeable in this area than you are. If they have recently bought a new dwelling, find out from whom and ask for the names of people that are good and if possible, those you should avoid. If you have visited their house, you have a good idea of what they like and this will help you to decide if their recommendations would be beneficial to you. A referral from someone you know and trust is more valuable to you than advice from a complete stranger, or from information you come across in a sales pitch.
Research home builders in the area you would like to move to. It has been estimated that 87 percent of those looking to purchase a new home begin their search over the Internet. This is the biggest purchase you will ever make, so it helps to know what options you have. An online search can open up the possibilities for you right in front of your very eyes!
You may live in an area where your choice of building companies is vast. In busy markets, there may be dozens of these professionals competing to win your business. Take a look at their websites and make note not just of the information found there, but how it is presented. If these companies want business to come their way, they will invest in a well thought out website that provides useful information to potential clients. This demonstrates that they are professionals in the industry and that they have integrity. This is what you want in the home builders you select.
Question to the Reader: Have you ever built a custom home?