What to Look for in a Home Builder in Southwest Florida
By Harden Custom Homes 25 Sep 2019

Choosing your home builder will be one of the most important life decisions you make both financially and for peace of mind. Whether you are having a new home constructed or renovations added to an existing home - homeowners expend a lot of time, energy, and money on the project.

It’s important to have faith in the home builder you choose to work with that they will be there for you and get the job done right. That the end result will be a beautiful new or updated home that you will enjoy living in day and and day out for years to come.

If you aren't familiar with us yet we would like to introduce ourselves. We are Harden Custom Homes. We are a Fort Myers based company that builds all the way from Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda on the north end down to Naples and Marco Island to the south. We pride ourselves on decades of experience and having a dedicated team of individuals experienced in every aspect of the building process.

We have realized that homeowners will decide to go with the builder that they feel the most comfortable with. While gut instinct is a wonderful guide there are a few qualities that every homeowner would do well to take into consideration before making a final decision.

The Key Factors that Come into Play in Your Decision

A great building team possesses has strong business management skills.

It doesn't really matter how beautiful a home design is if the builder and contractors don't adhere to the set schedule, readily address any setbacks, and finish your home on time. Custom home building is a business. In order to succeed it must be run well and come through on its promises.

A screwed up time schedule can leave a new homeowner in a bind - either having sold their old home or with a rental agreement that is at its end. What good is a beautiful custom-built home if you can’t move into it?

A great custom home creation team has experience in architecture.

A great custom home can truly only be built by a team who knows how to build from scratch, not simply from cookie cutter boiler plate templates and layouts. The entire concept of a custom home is one that is completely unique and one-of-a-kind, so any quality home builder should be able to take your exact vision and specifications and make them a reality for you, regardless of whether that vision is completely new or already in existence somewhere else.

A great building team has design experience.

A Harden custom-built home is so much more than the structure, foundation, drywall, and layout. Building custom entails choosing each paint color, floor covering, appliances, and lighting. Just about any builder has the skill set to build a functional home, however, not just any builder has the skill, taste, and expertise to make your new home purely you, suitable to your style and taste. New homeowners depends on their builder’s design experience to recommend colors and textures for both the interior and exterior of their home, so make sure to look for a builder who has a design style you click with.

A great building team has construction skills. No new construction project is exactly like any other, so your custom building team must not only be able to design and develop your project, they must also have the skills and knowledge to understand and adapt to any issues or complications that arise along the way.

Before making a final decision about which Southwest Florida custom home builder to place in charge of your new home build, it's always wise to conduct a thorough interview with potential builders, speak with their current or past clients, and, if possible, check out completed examples of their handiwork.

With over 40 years of experience in the field of custom home building, Harden Custom Homes has provided the residents of Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island with the home of their dreams, and is confident that they can do the same for you.

Give us a call today at 239-205-5075. Our corporate showroom is located at 5782 Enterprise Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905. We would love to meet you.