Bobby Byrne Ralph Cataldo
Selecting the right builder is the most important aspect of building a custom home. He is primarily responsible for your experience, the construction schedule, the process, the budget, the warranty and your complete satisfaction. It is crucial you do your homework before making one of the biggest investments in your lifetime.
The selection process should include:
- Meet the builder's staff. To have a great experience, you need to be comfortable with everyone you will be working and communicating with throughout your project. They must be available, experienced and provide you with efficiency and especially value.
- Review the builder's portfolio and visit recently completed projects.
- Check client references carefully. Customer satisfaction must be consistant with all projects.
- Check for financial stability. Talk to local suppliers and subcontractors to see if the builder pays his bills on time, ask the subcontractors why they work for the builder and if they enjoy the experience.
- Request a financial status report that highlights the builder's debt situation. You should interview his suppliers and ask what the builder's credit limit is as well. This will give you a clear indication of how sound a financial position they are operating under and will potentially minimize your financial risk. Your service and warranty depend on it.
- The builder should be partnering with subcontractors that are experienced, financially stable, fairly priced and secure enough to be available to support long-term warranties. Make sure of it.