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February 28th, 2012

Hiring the right builder

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How to find and hire the “right” builder

 Hiring the right builder is the most important step you will take in building the perfect home for you and your family.  A great way to begin your search is checking with your local Homebuilders’ Association by clicking on www.nahb.org/findanhba to determine those that are listed, licensed and are active in the association.   Family, friends and co-workers are another great resource for recommendations on their experience with the building process.  You will be in a relationship with your builder for several months to years depending on the size of your project.  You want to make sure your builder is a fit for you, has a good reputation, is licensed and is knowledgeable and personable.    A builder’s reputation can be checked by logging in at the  Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org

The first step in determining if the builder is a fit is doing your homework regarding the company and setting up a meeting with the builder or a representative of the company.  Checking out the website before and assembling a list of questions that you may have or things you are interested in knowing is a great preparation for your meeting. A key question to add to your list is whether or not he has worker’s compensation and general liability insurance to cover construction related accidents while on your premises. After you have done your homework set up your first face to face meeting.  In this meeting look for high levels of communication, professionalism and a desire to serve you–not just sell you. www.manuelbuilders.com/About-us   Also, find out how long they have been in business and ask for projects to check out and previous clients that you can talk to.   You want to make sure your builder has been in business for at least 4 years as it takes several years to establish a financially sound business and ensure you will be have them around when warranty and service of your new home comes into play.     Remind him that you would also like a couple of names where things did not go perfectly and make sure you ask previous clients if they would hire this builder again.  www.manuelbuilders.com/Testimonials    Check out jobs that are under way to check for quality of workmanship and materials.

Choose your builder carefully, it is a long term relationship that you want to take the time to think through and be pro-active.  Communication is key and if you are having difficulty before the build you will definitely have issues as communication becomes more and more crucial, in addition to life after move in.   Communication is not only verbal but should be clear and in contract form.   Contracts will benefit you and set clear expectations for the path forward.  Be cautious of unusually low priced bids or bids that are way off from other estimates that you receive.   Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

Choosing to build a new home is exciting but a serious undertaking.  Choosing a builder is the first step you take in making sure you have a great experience and an investment that you will enjoy for years to come!! www.manuelbuilders.com