Selecting the right professionals to work with you on your home building project is essential to the project's success. The following is a checklist of questions to ask and issues to keep in mind as you sift through the myriad choices of builders for your project.
Gather names by asking friends for recommendations, calling the local builders' association for a list of licensed professionals, and attending home shows and model homes where new work is on display.
Once you have a list of names, meet with each individual personally. Be sure to ask the same questions and take careful notes at every interview so that you have balanced information from each professional.
Are they knowledgeable? Did they seem well-versed in all aspects of their business? Do you have a good rapport with them? This is someone with whom you will be working closely for several months, so it is important that your personalities do not clash. Do you trust what they are telling you? Are you comfortable with them? Have you checked with your local Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce? Both agencies can provide you with information on any complaints filed against the home builder.
You can never be too prepared. You are making a large financial commitment, so get as much information as possible from the professionals and take your time comparing the pros and cons of each.