October 14, 2013 12:00 am
“This is the biggest purchase you make, period,” new homeowner Amy Greene said.
Don Ghiz also has recent experience in hiring a contractor. He’s in the middle of a construction project and said he spoke to several candidates before making his selection.
Before picking a contractor, Ghiz evaluated a number of builders based on their level of experience, competency, style of house they were comfortable building, method of accounting, communication skills and willingness to stay positive.
Following is some helpful advice on what to look for when choosing a builder:
1. Ask for recommendations. Greene said she found her builder by asking her friends. Having a recommendation helps. “I’d definitely do my homework and look at a lot of custom builders,” she said. “Then go look at their houses and spend time talking with them.”
Get to know the builder. Get to know who they are and what they stand for – are they passionate about building homes or are they all about the money?
2. Get lost in the details. Greene said that her builder’s detailed bid sealed the deal for her. She explained that costs can go up if builders do not give all the information up front.
“Without details, prices can skyrocket,” Greene said. “You want a builder who has a really good idea of what things will cost.”
Ghiz noted that customers need to assess the builders’ choice of quality materials and be assured that contractors will not cut corners to save expenses without discussing the options.
“In my case, I looked for a builder with genuine concern that I get what I want at a fair price,” he said. “I looked for a person who would say, with honesty, ‘I don’t think you’ll like that, and here’s my reason for saying it.’”
3. Talk it out. As in any good relationship, communication is key. Greene and her builder spent hours talking before they began to work together, discussing every detail of the project in full before starting construction.
4. Trust your instincts – and back it up. For Ghiz, it all came down to trust.
“When all is said and done, your builder will spend many months on what you may live in for the rest of your life, so consider the choices carefully and don’t ignore your gut,” he said.
5. Use your resources. If you aren’t sure of something, don’t hesitate to seek advice from others or get a second opinion.
Source: The Custom Builders Council
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