READY TO BUILD?
Are you ready to build a custom home of your very own? Do you have your lot picked out? If so, your next step should be to hire a custom homebuilder. But you’ll want to choose carefully. Building a custom home is an important financial investment and you’ll want to choose the most compatible company to work with.
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If you are in the market of buying a new custom home, you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder. Here are some tips to help you choose your builder.
Shop for Quality and Value
When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trimwork and paint. Ask the builder or the builder’s representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.
Define Your Needs
While some builders construct a broad range of homes, many builders also specialize in a specific type of home, price range, or style. There are builders like Cintron that offer a wide variety of home prices and styles from starter homes for first-time buyers and also multi-million dollar homes for affluent custom home buyers, providing a wide selection of possibilities.The building materials, trade contractors and even the building process itself can differ greatly by type and price of home. Look for a fit here.
Is the Builder Licensed and Insured?
Not every state or area requires builders to be licensed, but make sure that you work with a licensed builder in such areas. Ask about the insurance that the builder and his or her trade contractors carry. Make sure that they and you are covered during the building process.
Warranty and Service
One of the top advantages of new construction is that your home itself and most of the products, systems and components it contains are brand-new and under warranty. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that major repairs or a new roof are likely years away is important.
Good reputations follow good builders, among homeowners and Realtors. Look for builders whose homes tend to hold or maintain their value.
Look for Signs of Quality
Look for signs of quality construction and attention to detail when you visit the homes above. Also consider the building products that a builder uses. Are they brands with well-earned reputations for quality? What about the homes under construction you passed on the way to the completed model home? Were there signs of care and attention there, as well?
Last, look for the quality of people who work for the builder: Did the builder’s employees show sincere interest in you and your needs? Did they listen carefully? Did they provide good answers to your questions? Were they courteous, prompt and professional in your interactions with them in the model home, sales center or builder’s office?