The thought of building a new home may be overwhelming to many people, but if you are a discerning person, who knows what you want and aren’t willing to settle, new construction may be your best bet. Believe it or not, building a new home can be a terrific experience! Picking the builder that is right for you is the key to success.
There are many things to consider when buying a home, and most people know the first place to start is location, location, location. Be sure to think about what environment you’d like to live in. Are you a person who prefers the solace of being surrounded by only nature? Do you have children and want to be sure your home is in a neighborhood with other kids and a great school system? Perhaps you’ve successfully navigated through parenthood, and now want to enjoy the freedoms that can be found in a maintenance free community. Knowing where you want to call home is the first step in building the home of your dreams.
Once you’ve identified the community and type of home you’re interested in, it’s time to do some research. Use the local newspapers, chambers of commerce, builders associations and internet to find builders who have communities that fit the community and lifestyle you’re looking for. Go visit their neighborhoods and identify which may suit your needs. Be sure to note the addresses of homes that catch your eye. This will help the builder know what your style is and help speed the process along. Then- you guessed it- more research.
Find out all you can about the builders you are considering. It’s much more than just comparing price per square foot. Be just as concerned with the quality of what you can’t see, as you are about what’s on the surface. Remember, you get what you pay for! Next to location, the quality of your home is of utmost importance. Be sure to check on the builder’s reputation, length of time in business, longevity of his staff and vendors, check references….have they had “repeat” customers? That’s the true test of a great builder!
Your home is most likely the single largest investment you’ll ever make, and having a home built just for you can be one of your proudest accomplishments. If you take your time, and choose wisely, you’re sure to find the perfect builder for you!