How to choose the right builder
June 11, 2019
Building a home is an exciting process that requires a lot of teamwork. From breaking ground and constructing the frame, all the way to the final walk-through – buyers and builders work closely throughout the entire building process.
Choosing the right builder for you is an important first step in your home-building journey. The right builder makes the road to your dream home an easy and inspiring one. If you’re currently overwhelmed by your options, you’re in luck! We’ve come up with a few pointers to help you choose the perfect builder for you.
1. Define your needs
Knowing exactly what you want is the first step to choosing the right builder. Every builder has an area of expertise. Some specialize in building single-family residences like laned homes and move-up homes, while others focus on constructing spacious townhomes and condos. For this step, you should consider the size, type and price range of the home you need. Examining your needs is important because it allows you to partner with people who have experience building the home you want at the price you want. Let’s say you’re looking for a laned home with tons of room for your kids to play in. By knowing these details, you can immediately rule out any builder who doesn’t have a lot of experience constructing laned homes.
2. Visit builder websites
After figuring out what type of home you want, it’s time to do a little research. This step will help you get to know the builders you’re considering a little better. Their websites should give you information about the neighbourhoods they build in, as well as the home styles and floorplans they offer. Visiting builders’ websites can bring special offers and services to your attention. For example, a builder could be offering a special package or discount on featured homes. This is information that could give you more buying power and influence your final decision.
3. Dig deeper
Now’s the time to put your detective hat on and do a little more digging. In this phase, you want to gather crucial information that will help your decision making. We suggest that you go through some builder reviews to help you know your potential builders even more. This will give you some insight on their reputation.
4. Meet face to face
By this stage, you should have just one or two builders you’re seriously considering. Now’s the time to pay a visit to their showhomes, and have a chat with their sales reps. Come prepared with any questions you may have for the builder. Since buying a home is a huge investment, a good builder won’t hesitate to address any of your concerns. Whether it's information about the sales timeline, deposit information or building process - there are no bad questions!
5. Visit communities
They say the proof is in the pudding, and that holds true when searching for the right builder. There’s no better way to ensure you’re making the right decision than to visit previous communities and see a builder’s work for yourself. Take a look at the homes they’ve built and assess them according to your needs and standards. This is also a good time to speak to previous customers. If possible, ask them about their buying experience, if they’re satisfied with their home and if they’d recommend their builder to friends and family. Good feedback and referrals are a great sign that a builder works well with their clients and meets their needs.
Building a new home can be overwhelming. However, with the right builder and a little patience, you can enjoy a seamless and stress-free process to your dream home! With these tips, we’re sure you’ll make the right choice for your family and your needs.
You can start your research today by checking out the homebuilders in Rivercrest!