If you are thinking about building your own home, you need to ensure that you choose the best home builder. Choosing a reputable home builder will ensure that you have a high-quality home for your family. There are a number of steps that you should take when choosing a builder to ensure that you hire one that will provide the quality of work that you need.
Make A List Of Potential Builders
The first step in choosing a home builder is to create a listing of all the builders that you are going to contact. To create this list, you should contact your local builders’ association for a listing of home builders in your area. You can also get the names of builders from the real estate section of your local paper. Local real estate agents should also be able to help you with this listing as well as friends and family who have built their own homes.
Do Some Research
Once you have a listing of potential home builders, you should do some research. The research that you complete should include looking at reviews for the builder and checking that they are licensed to demolish and build. You should also check how long the builder has been in business and how many other homes in your local area have been built by them.
Interview The Builders
Having a list of potential builders is important, but the only way you will be able to determine which one you should hire is to interview them. During the interview, you will need to ask the builder a number of questions to better understand what they have to offer. If the builder is unwilling to answer your questions this should be a red flag and you may want to consider not using them.
One of the questions that you should ask the builder is what experience the builder has in building homes in your area. This is very important because the soil in your local area may be different to other soil and you need a builder who is able to anticipate this. If you hire a builder who only has experience building on clay soil and you do not live in an area with clay soil, you could run into problems in the future. The same goes for your style of house. There are some single storey home builders in Perth and some that specialise in double story homes.
You should also ask the builder about the warranty they offer on the building. It is also important that you find out if there are any other fees that might arise during the building process. You also need to ask the builder if they have any references that you can contact.
Get A Written Estimate
Once you have interviewed the builders, you need to ask them for a written and detailed estimate of the costs for the job. It is important that the estimate you get is in writing and detailed as this will help you compare the costs of using different builders. You should not feel pressured into accepting the estimate from any builder as soon as it is given and if you do you might want to reconsider using that builder.