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How To Choose A Custom Home Builder

When hiring a home builder, you must conduct thorough assessments to ensure you work with a highly skilled and reputable individual. After all, you want your home built within reasonable costs and a specific timeframe. So, what considerations should you make? Below are a few insights. 

The Builder's Experience

The best way to establish the builder's experience is by asking for site visits to some of their projects and interviewing the builder's clients. Ideally, check whether the builder has built similar structures. Moreover, assess their range of services. Consulting and construction builders offer comprehensive services ranging from drafting, seeking permits, preliminary site inspections, building, and installing amenities. Conduct further evaluations to establish how the builder relates to clients and other professionals at the site. Moreover, the builder must be licenced to operate in your state. Otherwise, they could experience difficulties seeking construction and renovation permits. 

The Builder's Pricing 

The size of the project and prevailing construction costs will determine the builder's pricing. However, given that you have little experience in construction, how can you tell if the builder's quote is reasonable? The best way is to ask an independent third party, such as a structural engineer or quantity surveyor give a separate quote. The builder's quote should slightly exceed the surveyor's quote since they must consider their profits. 

If the builder's and surveyor's quotes exceed your budget. Ask the professionals to come up with cost-saving alternatives. For instance, they could redesign the house or use cheaper construction materials. For example, you could forego an expensive slate roof and go for conventional iron shingles. Alternatively, you could build a smaller home and leave room for future extensions. 

The Builder's Terms

Assess the following when checking the builder's contract; 

  • Does the builder guarantee that the structure will be complete within the prescribed timeline? If not, what course of action should you take? For instance, you could terminate the contract or penalise the builder.
  • What type of insurance coverage does the builder have? General liability insurance protects you from financial troubles caused by the builder's incompetence.
  • Does the builder agree to the terms of bank financing? It is a critical concern if you take out a construction or home renovation loan.
  • Does the builder offer warranties? You get free repairs if the building develops construction defects caused by building oversights. For instance, a poorly built foundation could sink within a few months. 

Finally, the builder should guarantee safety at the site. For instance, they should use barricades and safety nets to protect passers-by and neighbouring buildings. Furthermore, employees must have safety equipment. 

For more information, contact a custom home builder near you.