At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC we work with potential custom homebuyers for months, if not longer before breaking ground on a custom home. We practice open and honest communication and believe in sharing as much information with our customers as possible regarding the homebuilding process. Outlined below is one of the most frequently asked questions that receive.
What is the Best Strategy for Choosing a Builder?
If you’re like most custom homebuyers you want experience, competence, service, trust, and open and honest communication. Look for someone that you can trust. Synonyms for trust include faith, confidence, and belief. You want to have faith in your builder, feel confident that he can do the job on time and within budget, and believe he is the right contractor for you. The relationship we have with our customers is long-term. We have worked with customers for more than a year before they were ready to build their home. For another year while they worked on their plans, and then during the course of construction.
Whether you have your home site selected or not, or whether you have your house plans completed or not, the construction expert you hire to build your home is one of the most important decisions you will make during your custom home project. Outlined below are several strategies that you may want to use.
1) Referrals are one of the best strategies to use for finding your custom home builder, ask for referrals from your house designer if you are working with one, and/or family and friends that may have had a custom home constructed.
2) Visit projects that you like, if there is a construction sign on the project, call the builder. Is the builder easy to reach? Must you go through a handful of office staff to reach the builder or does he have a direct line?
3) Interview builders and visit completed homes. A finished project will reveal as much, if not more than a construction site. Some people don’t know a good job from a bad one. A finished home can show you the quality of finished details not just rough construction and how clean a jobsite may be.
4) Interview builders and ask questions. Do not ask for an estimate without a full set of house plans. No reputable builder will give you a bid from a house plan drawn on a napkin or partial plans. If the builder does, he is not likely the best choice. We will explain why later in this section.
At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC we are available for questions, feel free to contact us through our website or information outlined on our About page.