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What To Consider When Hiring A Home Builder

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Tired of looking for a home to purchase and decided to build a home instead? That means you're going to need to find a custom home builder to handle the construction for you. Here are some things you should consider when you are comparing different custom home builders 

The Portfolio

You'll always want to make sure that the builder has done work in the past that you like. Thankfully, a good contractor is going to have plenty of examples of work to show you. Take a deep look at their portfolio and pay attention to all aspects of the home, both inside and outside. Since you're building a custom home, it is simply not enough to show you homes that have basic rooms. Look at the overall design, the layouts of the rooms, the finishings, and even the architecture. If they have pulled it off in the past, then they will be able to do it for your custom home.

The Reviews

You'll want to look for reviews of the custom home builder, which will give you a good idea of what kind of work they have done in the past. However, it is important to look at the reviews critically. People tend to be more negative with reviews than positive, or they write negative reviews based on very small details. 

In addition, ask for recent references from the home builder if you are in the final stages of the selection process. They should give you the contact information to reach out to a former customer so that you can talk to them directly. 

The Customization Flexibility

A big part of building a custom home is the ability to make it exactly as you want. You'll want to talk with your builder to find out how much you can change when coming up with a plan. Some builders build a plan from scratch, which can be difficult and more expensive. You'll need to work closely with an architect, which can be an added cost. 

However, many builders use existing plans and modify them. That brings up a question of how much you can actually modify. Do you need to stay within the same footprint? Can you shift walls? Can you make ceilings taller? These are important questions to ask early on in the process. After all, you don't want to build a custom home and realize there is not much you can customize. 


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