“These are my must-haves in a home.” You hear that all the time on home shows. It’s a statement conveying confidence in what you want and that you won’t settle for less.
Finding a home builder to build you what you want takes commitment. Here are 5 factors to consider when choosing home builders.
Your Needs and Desires
When building your dream home make a list of your “must-haves.” From a first-floor master to a big backyard, note what features are important to you. You’d regret buying a home that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.
Have an idea of the type of house you want before looking at every builder. Don’t entertain builders of townhomes if you’re certain you want a single-family home. With a list of your needs and desires, you’re ready to find builders who’ll meet them.
Choosing Home Builders
Whether or not you have a desired location in which to build your home, researching potential home builders is a must. Know your options for builders in the up and coming neighborhood you wish to live in. The wonderful home-building experience you deserve starts with the right home builder.
Once you have a list of available home builders, research even further. Ask as many questions as you must to gather information about each builder’s ability to meet your needs. Examine their cost, quality of work, and customer reviews to find your shortlist of qualified candidates.
Cost to Build
You have your preapproval so now it’s time to see which of your shortlisted suppliers fit in your budget. Compare base home prices, which include standard features. Now inquire about your “must-haves” that may cost a premium.
Comparing building fees is important too. A builders fee structure could make the house cost-prohibitive. Ask if their fees include cost plus a percentage, turnkey, or flat fee.
Quality of Work
A lot of hard labor goes into building a quality home. It also requires many subcontractors and tradesmen. They work together to curate houses that look great but could have low-grade craftsmanship.
Get out and tour each builder’s model and inventory homes. View their finished product and the quality of work that goes into their houses. Inquire about their subcontractors and tradesmen then research them also.
Choosing home builders isn’t easy, especially when you’re not familiar with their brand. Search for online customer reviews from past and current owners. Pay attention to feedback from other future homebuyers engaging in the same process.
Personally visit different residential communities and solicit feedback from current homeowners. Their experience with the same home builder puts them in a credible position. Most homeowners remain open to sharing thoughts about their finished home, the builder, and the neighborhood.
Ready to Build Your Dream Home
The work you put into choosing home builders pays off in the end. You’ll have a beautiful house that meets your lifestyle needs and makes you feel good as soon as you walk in your front door. TGIHome!
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