The plans for building a new home begin like the promise of a Hollywood romance but the act of building can deteriorate into a disaster befit of horror films. The most terrifying aspect of such a project is that most of it is out of your own hands, so finding the contractor(s) that boast the best builders will either make or break this endeavor.
Thankfully, you can increase your chances of a smooth ride by vetting the local professionals, so before you rush into signing any binding contracts, here is a comprehensive selection guide for a new home builder.
They will communicate in a clear and open way
Builders that are confident in their craft will engage with you in an open manner. They will leave nothing off the table and honesty will be their creed. If they are ready to tell you something you don’t want to hear without inhibitions, this is a good sign but not a guarantee of quality. There is an off chance they are simply delusional and unkind.
They will also be very clear about what is included and what is not included in the “package”. Experienced builders know that such matters need to be resolved at the very onset of negotiations and long before the building starts. Reputation and warranty will be on the table immediately an if they offer guarantees in writing, you are pretty much set.
Potential downsides of the lot are a good “litmus test”
True professionals will know how to handle the widest range of construction tools, including the cutting edge technologies that are changing the way we build. Builders that can work with pretty much anything won’t see any type of terrain as a problem. If the lot is not leveled, they will use potent concrete laser screed to create the impeccably leveled foundation, and they won’t complain for a bit. It does sound counter-productive, but if you lot has potential downsides, the way builders will engage with them is a good “litmus test” for whether you should hire them.
You get quality for a sufficient quantity
Every honest businessman will at least get their clients what they paid for, but good businessmen will go an extra mile to do it right. When it comes to building houses, quality craftsmanship on the most basic, bare-bones level is what you require, not the “flair” and “finesse”. If the latter two elements come without the first, it is merely to hide the lack of skill, and you household will suffer for it. Quite simply, the heart of this standard is time – a good contractor will never compromise quality for time.
Now, it is understandable if you want something done in time. After all, schedules have been set and you are paying the contractors by the hour. However, if their work has been satisfactory up to this point, and they insist that a particular part of the project will take them a week longer, you might want to consider this as sound advice.
A lender that checks out
Building is all about the money from the client’s point of view. Finances are also the most frustrating aspect of the whole project and the one that can lead you into dangerous territories. This is where another hallmark of good builders comes into play – they will have reliable preferred lenders. When one considers the quagmire of interests and fees, a lender that checks out is a true life saver.
They will give you priority service and handle both you and your builder, especially if they have worked with your designated contractors before. They will be familiar with the entire process and know exactly what you need. In a way, they are the “producers” of your “home building movie” – financial managers and financiers wrapped up into one.
A more expensive home doesn’t mean that it has a better value or higher quality. The building strategy makes all the difference in the world when it comes to getting the right value for what you have invested. This is why you need to hire builders that are at the top of their game. Remember: a well built house is a cornerstone of a well-led life.