Trust your feelings
People are social creatures, and you can usually get a sense of someone fairly quickly: whether you’ll get along with them, work well with them, or have shared visions about a project. Building a custom home is a long and involved process, so it’s important that you feel comfortable with your builder. To that end, trust your feelings. If you start to have doubts and bad feelings when you first meet someone, those feelings may come back to plague your thoughts throughout the project. You want to make sure that the builder is as invested in the project as you are, and if you get the feeling that things aren’t going to work out, they might not. On the other hand, if you feel a quick connection, that’s usually a good sign of things to come.
Check out their previous work
However, even if the builder is your best friend, it’s important that you like the work they’ve done in the past. Check their portfolio and make sure that you like the kind of work they’ve done before. It’s really important to ask a lot of questions in order to understand the builder’s decision-making process and general vision so that you can tell if you will see eye to eye on your own project.
Make sure they’re accessible
During the construction, you will undoubtedly have questions and concerns that come up unexpectedly. It’s important that your home builder is accessible and can address your concerns or answer your questions in a timely manner. So when you’re getting to know your new builder, notice whether or not they are available when you have questions. If you call repeatedly and can never get ahold of anyone, it might be a bad sign for things to come.
Ask about sub-contractors
Building a home is a large and involved project. Many sub-contractors will be called in to do much of the specialized work: for example, there may be an electrician to oversee the wiring, a plumber, roofing contractors, and many more. Be sure to ask about those sub-contractors—who they are, how long they’ve worked with the builder, and how experienced they are. Good home builders will be able to maintain good working relationships with many sub-contractors, and you can determine if your builder is a good fit for you based on the sub-contractors he uses and the kinds of relationships he develops.
Learn about their reputation
A reputable home builder should have past happy customers who can give good reviews of their service. There are many websites and other sources of reviews for any potential custom home builder, and you should be sure to read through some of those reviews to get a sense of the builder’s reputation. Talk to people you know or former customers who have had experience with the builder and see what their own experience was like.
Your choice in custom home builder is ultimately up to you, and it’s a very important decision. Don’t settle for anyone you don’t feel comfortable with. Be sure to ask a lot of questions and learn as much as you can about your home builder so that you will feel confident and comfortable in their capacity to build your new home.
If you’re looking for a good, reputable custom home builder, be sure to check out Harden Custom Homes. We’re available to answer any questions you have. Call us at (239) 603-6083, or stop in at our model home to see our work: it’s at 2818 Tropicana Pkwy W., Cape Coral, Fl 33993.