Chances are you have a vision for your perfect home. The challenge now: find a good home builder who will embrace that vision and, most importantly, help make it a reality.
Luckily, it's not a matter of chance. Follow these seven steps and you're much more likely to end up with your dream house - instead of a headache.
Ask for a sample copy of a contract. Find out how long they have been in business, and ask for a list of clients you can contact yourself to arrange for a tour of their homes. Always ask to see the completed work. Tell them your needs, your time frame, and your budget. Discuss warranties and ask for bank references to ensure that he or she is in good financial standing.
Try to determine not only whether each builder is a good match for you, but whether you are a good match for them. If the builder regularly constructs million-dollar homes, and you want to spend $200,000, you may be better off with someone else. Pay special attention to your comfort level during the meeting — do you feel as if you can communicate easily and successfully convey your wants and concerns to the builder?
For more information about contracting, see Identifying The Key Players In Building Your Home.