Building a custom home is one of the biggest purchases any individual can make in his lifetime. It is therefore extremely essential to choose the right custom builder so that the project is a success. It is as important for the custom builder to collaborate with the homeowner as it is for him to collaborate with the design team. Because the whole process of building a home will take several months, the homeowner should feel a sense of comfort and trust with the custom builder. If you have a location and budget in mind, read the tips listed below in order to find a custom builder for your dream home without completely losing your mind!

  1. Consider your resources- if you have already employed a designer, make sure to use them for starting your hunt. This professional will mostly have experience working with builders and will therefore know the way the latter works, his reputation as well as construction qualities and styles. Additionally, you can check with the lenders and realtors in your locality. The National Association of Home Builders can also give you a list of qualified builders. If all of these sources are still not enough, you can use the internet to do a quick search and after identifying a few builders, you can look at reviews and feedback from previous customers. You can also ask your friends and family for suggestions and recommendations.
  2. Shop the candidates- if you know exactly what you are looking for, it will be easier for you to shop for a qualified home builder. The right person should have enough time, should be interested in your project and should have prior experience with homeowners. You should hire someone whose expertise is in custom homes and not speculative homes. When you’re looking at different builders, find out about their current projects and see how similar their work is to yours. Good builders should also be able to provide you with client references.
  3. Work the schedule- whenever you meet prospective builders, make sure to get a time frame or schedule for how ling your project will take. Home building usually takes around six months and can vary depending on weather conditions. Before finishing off the time framing, bear in mind that plumbing and electricity should be installed and be up to date. If you find someone who is willing to finish your work in a few weeks, be warned because it is better to have a job well done over a longer period of time than just rushed and completed with too many mistakes
  4. Communication is key- it is extremely important for you to feel comfortable with the builder you are working with. Communication should not feel like a pressure and you should not feel like you are being spoken down to at any point. When you trust an expert to build your home, they should be able to take the time to explain everything to you in a way that you understand. You should be able to access the construction site whenever you want. Additionally, you should feel respected and welcome when you communicate with the builder. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, see if you can change as on a long term projection, communication is key. 

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