Choosing a Custom Builder

So you’re ready to get that home project under way. Now what? If you’re searching for a builder for a new home construction or a home remodel, choose wisely. Here are some tips:

  1. Ask friends for referrals. If a friend has recommended the builder, you can be sure that builder did something right. These days, it’s too easy to lose a customer because they will tell you when something is wrong.
  2. Interview the builder. Ask about his experience. Make sure he’s focused on residential building and remodeling. Homebuilding requires different contractor skills from the commercial building, and home remodeling is even more specialized. Be sure your communications styles are similar and you feel comfortable with him. After all, he’s going to be in your home for several weeks – even months, if the project is big.
  3. Get references. Visit some job sites — both in-progress and completed. Request specific residential jobs that are similar to yours. Talk to the people who have used the builder before. If you like what you see and hear, then you’ve found yourself a builder. Next step… project estimate!