I asked ChatGPT to write a blog post

Home Builder with Zeus Construction MA CS-114391

What an amazing tool. I think it did a very thorough job and covered all the important points for when hiring a custom home builder. I love #8 Trust Your Gut - I'm not sure the AI even knows what this means!

How do you think it did?

My prompt was simply: 'Write me a blog post about best practices in hiring a custom home builder'. I didn't specify anything else.

It took about 10 seconds and this is what it wrote:

Building a custom home is a major investment, and hiring the right custom home builder is crucial to ensuring that your vision for your dream home becomes a reality. Choosing the right custom home builder can be overwhelming, but by following some best practices, you can make the process smoother and more successful.

Here are some best practices to consider when hiring a custom home builder:

  1. Do Your Research: Before hiring a custom home builder, do your research. Look for builders who have experience building the type of home you want, have a good reputation in the community, and are licensed and insured. You can start your research by looking online, asking friends and family for recommendations, or reaching out to local home builder associations.

  2. Check References: Once you have a list of potential builders, ask for references and contact them. Talking to past clients can give you a good sense of the builder’s work quality, communication style, and ability to meet deadlines.

  3. Look at Past Projects: Review the builder’s portfolio of past projects to ensure their style and expertise aligns with what you’re looking for. This will also give you a sense of the quality of their work and attention to detail.

  4. Communication is Key: A custom home build requires frequent communication between the builder and homeowner. Choose a builder who is responsive and communicates clearly and transparently about the build process, timelines, and budget.

  5. Consider Budget and Timeline: It’s important to have a clear understanding of the builder’s pricing structure and the estimated timeline for the build. Make sure you have a clear contract in place that outlines the scope of the work, the cost, and the timeline.

  6. Verify Licenses and Insurance: Before hiring a builder, verify that they are licensed and insured. This protects you from any liability should any accidents happen on the job.

  7. Look for a Warranty: A reputable builder will offer a warranty on their work. Be sure to review the terms of the warranty carefully and ask any questions you have before signing the contract.

  8. Trust Your Gut: Finally, trust your instincts. You’ll be working closely with your builder for several months, so make sure you feel comfortable with them and their team.

Hiring a custom home builder is a major decision, but by doing your research, checking references, and considering budget and timeline, you can ensure a smooth and successful build process. Remember to communicate clearly with your builder and trust your instincts, and soon you’ll be living in the home of your dreams.



Posted by

Cameron Bagherpour
Builder, Developer, Investor
Zeus Construction
Canton, MA 02021

Comments (7)

Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

How interesting. My post on this topic I wrote several months ago used the phrase, "Trust your gut".

May 03, 2023 06:34 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Hello Cameron, this is amazing. The more I learn about ChatGPT, the more shocked I am getting. It's scary but also useful..

May 03, 2023 07:05 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My honest opinion is it's kind of canned.  It looks like they read a few "keeping matters current" articles and wrote a list.  It removes the personal element from blogging.  And granted some people don't have a personal element in their posts.  I do.  When someone meets me for the first time and says "we feel like we know you" I love it.  So for me... it lacks the "me" aspect.

May 03, 2023 08:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Cameron - "interesting".  Do you (or anyone else) want a post or a meaningful connection.  For now, it's interesting.  Thank you for sharing your "experiment".   Or was that an experience?  Either word works.  And doesn't.  

May 03, 2023 09:55 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net


Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a

friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

May 03, 2023 01:16 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I've played with the ChatBot app a bit. I think it's a great tool but it does sound "canned". With the foundation, it's pretty easy to edit with personality.

May 04, 2023 06:55 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

It may sound generic to us but to the end-consumers it is good information.

May 24, 2023 08:48 AM