Deciding to build your own home is a pretty big deal, you probably have a very clear idea of what you want in mind; you know what features you need and want, you know what size is right for your family, you may even have the colour scheme planned out. But while all the ideas and well and good, exciting actually, the reality is that you will need to find somebody to build the place!
This is the overwhelming part. Who do you choose? How do you know you are dealing with a reputable dealer? What kind of home can you afford and what are you meant to look for in a builder? There are all really important and sometimes confusing questions; building your own home is overwhelming so you want to go into it somewhat informed with a builder that understands your wants and concerns. Here are a few tips to get you onto the right track to the perfect builder for your home.
First of all, make a short list of all your local builders, it's a good idea to head to your cities builder association website for a list of reputable builders in the area, as well as your local papers and any referrals from family and friends. Your next should be to contact those builders and have a list of pertinent questions ready. Ask as many questions as you can on this phone call and take notes on their answers so you can compare your findings later. Your questions can be about anything like fees, building procedures, time estimate for the job, availability of custom plans and upgrades, who will be responsible for what areas, what happens if any mistakes are made, who is liable and the probability of any extra expenses to occur do to price increases. Be sure to also ask questions about the builders and supervisors involved, you should know their level of experience, if their performance in inspected and how much work will be completed by the companies crew and how much by sub-contractors. This may seem excessive at first, but when you are dealing with such a large amount of money and your future home that you hope to have forever, the questioning is worth it.
Then of course, after you have cut down your list to your preferred builders, do some research on them. Search for any articles or evidence of the builder not completing work, any disgruntled customers, get an idea of how well the building company has been received by it's clients. You want to choose a company that is reputable and has a dominant internet presence like Today's Homes, otherwise you could end up with a dodgy builder.
Finally, before you choose the style and floor plan, check out as many open houses and display homes as you can, take note of all the things you find interesting and would like to see in your own home, take note of how they use space and place furniture; seeing how it has been done will give you some great ideas for your new home.