While there are no guarantees, here are some things to consider
when selecting a builder for your new home:
Referrals from family, friends and co-workers can be a good source
but find out if they get a referral fee. Usually, someone you know
would not refer a builder unless they had a good experience.
Check the builder’s background. Is there a permanent business
location? How long have they been in business under their current
name? Do they have adequate insurance and are all workers –
including sub-contractors – covered by workers compensation?
Are they members of the local builder’s association? Are they
certified by the State? How much experience do they have with
homes similar to yours?
Visit at least one job site in progress. Is the site organized? Are building
materials properly stacked and properly covered to prevent weather
damage prior to installation? Does the quality of materials and
workmanship meet your expectations?
Check references. Get a list of recent projects that you can visit or
call the current owners. Ask questions about timeliness in completing
the work, the quality of the work, response time when follow up calls
were needed and would they hire them again. Find out the suppliers
and banks they use and call for a credit reference. Finally, check with
the Consumer Protection Agency. If there have been complaints,
how were they resolved? These simple steps can prevent big headaches.
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