Why might you prefer to choose a builder early on? The process is so complex that most owners need professional guidance from the beginning to avoid mistakes in site selection, home design and written specifications. Your budget probably shouldn't be among the top criteria in selecting a builder. No builder can quote an accurate price for a custom or semi-custom home until he or she knows the type, style, finishes and features of the home, the site conditions and the type of contract you want to use for construction.
Rather than focusing on cost, you may well want to base your decision on the builder's competence, reputation, professionalism, warranty coverage and experience. Here are six criteria to consider:
Look for an established builder (Village Green Custom Homes, Building Since 1982 ) with an extensive client list.
2. Area of operations
Choose a builder who is familiar with the area where you want your home to be built. Local knowledge is important because residential construction is very regional in nature. An out-of-the-area builder might not be prepared to handle variations in local building codes, subcontracting practices, inclement weather patterns or other factors.
3. Type of home
Select a builder who has extensive experience constructing homes in your price range and general design style.
Building a home is a highly personal and emotional experience. That's why you'll want to choose a builder with whom you'll feel comfortable. Always stay in your comfort zone.
5. Financial stability