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Selecting a Home Builder

 
With the right approach and the right builder your new home buying experience will be a pleasurable one. It is therefore recommended to have a thorough understanding of the differences between each area builder before committing to your new home. Many times, the perfect match is a builder you have not considered or heard about through family, friends, and co-workers. Either way, there are a number of factors one must consider when researching, evaluating, and purchasing a new home.
 
Reputation
Consider a builder’s niche in regards to type, style, and price range of the houses they typically construct. Whatever their specialty, it is important to match your needs to a builder with appropriate experience in the type of home of interest to you. Checking credit history, references, and credentials can provide assurance your money is in capable hands. Many savvy new home purchasers will request both a complete list of all those homes built over the past year and a list of references. Consider touring the neighborhoods the builder has built in and visually assessing each home.
 
 
 
Quality
 
Craftsmanship and construction techniques vary from builder to builder. Construction quality has a direct relationship with a homes durability, efficiency, and resale value. Obtain a list of the subcontractors used. A good builder recognizes the importance of reliable and experienced subcontractors. Rather than visiting a showcase or model home it is important to visit the typical home built by each builder. Interior trim work is one of the most revealing signs of a builder’s quality. Don’t forget to visit job sites! Good quality work typically occurs on a clean site.
 
Value
 
While newly constructed homes often cost more than used homes they may actually be less expensive over time because they require less maintenance and are more energy efficient than older homes. They are often easier to live in due to modern floor plans and state of the art amenities. In addition to cost, explore the hidden values associated with each builder. Are they well versed in the statutes and building codes that may affect your home? Is their network with local authorities, inspectors, and personnel a favorable one? How will their experience benefit you before, during, and after you move-in?
 
Service
 
Building a home can be a difficult process if your questions and concerns are not met. A good customer service record is a good indicator of a reputable builder. Were past homes built on schedule? What type of builder warranty is offered? If a problem arises after move-in how will it be resolved? Will you be restricted to contact the subcontractor or will your builder handle such inquiries? The National Association of Homebuilders suggests all homeowners ask each builder what kind of service the buyer can expect after the sale.
 
Communication

There should be a strong commitment by your builder to communicate with you. A complete understanding of each other at all times will help minimize unnecessary expenses and avoid unwanted stress. Look for a builder that will walk you through the entire process from site preparation and financing to timelines and actual construction. Consider those who will make the process of budgeting and selecting products and upgrades clear, understandable, and convenient.  

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