Guide to Choosing a Custom Home Builder for Your New Home
Building a new home using a custom home builder can be exciting. You imagine what your new home will look like and what it will be like to live there. But at the beginning of the process, you must first choose a custom home builder, and this can be confusing because there is so much to consider
To help you out, here is a brief guide for choosing the right builder to build your custom home.
Choose the right kind of Custom Home Builder
Different people have different interpretations of what the word “custom” actually means. For some, it might simply mean that you get to choose some of your own finishes and features in the home. But if you want a home that truly reflects your vision, you need to work with a design/build custom home builder. That is someone who will work directly with an architect (best situation is when the builder offers in-house architectural capability) to create the custom home you’ve always wanted.
Another capability you’d want to see with your chosen custom home builder is that they have an affiliated interior designer/interior decorator. For the experience to be a pleasant one, custom home building ultimately requires five groups working together seamlessly:
- Architectural Designer
- Interior Designer
- Interior Decorator
- Landscape Architect
Your builder would be coordinating the activity between these groups. You’d want to find a builder who can actively manage these groups. Proper guidance of these teams requires ample experience, technical know how, building materials science expertise, strong networking for that special feature you desire, flexibility in design, respecting client’s taste, ample communication, team building expertise, ………. Ultimately, the depth of your builder’s experience and his/her management skills will determine the success of your project.
Choose the right piece of land
You’ve probably heard the term “location, location, location” in real estate circles. Location is extremely important when building your custom home. It’s important to choose an area or neighbourhood where you will enjoy living. You also need to make sure whatever lot you choose can accommodate your custom home requirements.
Review your prospective builder’s portfolio
A custom home is a big investment, so you want to make sure that whatever builder you choose has experience in building the type of home you desire. Before signing a contract, take a look at some of the other homes the builder has constructed.
- Do you like their style?
- Have they paid attention to detail?
If possible, see if you can visit a couple of these homes in person rather than merely looking at photos on their website.
Once you’ve decided that there is a good chance that you’ve found the custom home builder that you want to work with, it is time to check some references. Find out from past customers if their project was completed on time and on budget.
- Were there any hiccups?
- And if so, how well did the builder communicate with them?
If possible, try to get references who have been living in their new home for a couple of years and ask whether there have been any repair or quality issues in that timeframe.
Choosing the right custom home builder to build your new home is one of the most important decisions you will make in this process. If you would like to know if Superior Construction is the right builder for you, then call us today at 905-805-8883.
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