Being able to design your home is many people’s dream. However, most are so excited to start the process, they don’t take enough time to properly consider their options for a custom home builder. This can cause issues with the quality of your home and how stressful the process can be. Here are some of the most common mistakes made when choosing a custom home builder and how to avoid making them yourself.
Not Checking Licenses, Credentials and Awards
You shouldn’t just take a custom home builder’s word about their acquired awards, credentials and licenses. They are more than likely openly advertised for you to see. If not, these are valid things you should ask to see proof of. Awards mean their previous work has been recognized by the best in the business, and you want that team working for you.
Look At Only Positive Reviews
Anybody can give a company a 5 star review, even if they have never used that business before. It could be an employee, friend, family member or someone else that actually has no experience dealing with that company. Instead of just browsing the positive and glowing reviews, we recommend looking and reading each and every review they have. This will give you a better idea of what you can expect from working with this company. Are they reliable? Do they respond and handle matters quickly? Are they on time? All things that need to be considered when choosing the right custom home builder.
Ignoring The Style of The Home Builder
Great custom home builders should have a wide range of different styles for their clients to choose from. Other non experienced builders will have one similar style that has minor changes for each client. If you aren’t looking for that specific style, then it is probably best not to hire that builder. Looking through a builder’s portfolio is important to understand their style and what they can do. It can also give you more ideas for your home.
Not Getting A Warranty Long Enough
During the first year of living in your newly built home, you probably won’t notice things such as cheap items that were installed, items installed improperly, or more quality-of-life issues. However, after 2-3 years is usually when a house begins to settle and those types of issues begin to arise. You should make sure your warranty covers a long enough period of time where these types of issues that arise can be fixed.
Assuming The Builders Will Be Better Later
After you make initial contact with your chosen custom home builder, you should get a feel for their communication and reliability. If you are having trouble getting in contact with them, or just feel like they aren’t giving you the attention they should, that’s a good sign that they will not be the company you want handling your new home construction. Customer service is key in the real estate industry, and having a home builder that can answer your questions effectively and efficiently, give you constant and accurate information, and make sure you are up to date on any and all changes is pertinent to your experience.
There are many other mistakes that you should avoid when hiring a custom home builder, but these are a few of the most commonly made mistakes.