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How to choose a builder for your new home

Posted By: Ute Appleby In: New Construction
Date: Mon, Sep 12th 2016 7:23 pm

How to Choose a Home Builder


Different sides of a new construction houseDon't find just the right home to buy ? Building might be an option and to choose the right builder is crucial. Here are some tips to help you choose a builder.

Make a List of Possible Builders

Once you have thought about the type of home you want, you can create a list of potential builders.

  • Contact your local Home Builders Association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. 

  • Look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the prices you can expect to pay. 

  • Find a building lot !
  • Check with the home owners association, if there are any restrictions on what you can built concerning sqft, height, set backs, how soon you must built or any rules they might have.The city building permit office is also an important source of information.
  • Definitely ask a local real estate agent for advise, to represent you and help you in your search.

  • Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Ask about builders they have dealt with directly, or ask them for names of acquaintances who have recently had a good experience with a builder.

Do Your Homework

When you have a list of potential builders, it's time to start asking lots of questions — of both the potential builders and the owners of their homes.

  • Interview potential home builders to get the answers to all the questions you have. 
  • Visit a builder's recently built homes and subdivisions. Talk to home owners in this neighborhood. Introduce yourself and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home. Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate an impression of a builder you are likely to get.

  • Some questions to ask home owners include: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder?

  • Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they'll probably want to tell you why.
  • At the very least, drive by and see, if the homes are visually appealing.
  • When you talk to builders and home owners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes. Doing so will help you to make comparisons later.

Shop for Quality and Value

Look at new homes whenever you can. Home shows and open houses sponsored by builders are good opportunities to look at homes. Model homes are often furnished to give you ideas for using the space. 

When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trim work and paint. Ask the builder a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. And keep in mind what seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.

As important as to select a builder is to choose a real estate agent who understands the building process, might even have done it him or herself. Contact me for any questions you might have: Ute Appleby 843-345-2625 or mailto: uappleby@gmail.com