Choosing A Custom Home Builder: 6 Important Factors to Consider

November 13, 2017

Choosing A Custom Home Builder:  6 Important Factors to Consider

Choosing the right custom home builder for your project makes all the difference. A great builder can make a complicated project successful.

When you’re considering a choice between building companies list the assets each brings to the project.

#1 – Credentials and education

Business credentials indicate that an individual is suitable for undertaking a specific project.  Industry associations such as  the National Association of Home Builders or the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or the National Kitchen and Bath Association offer learning opportunities and award certifications based on experience and exams.   Individuals who are interested in advancing their capabilities typically belong to one or more industry associations so look for memberships in local and national associations when you’re considering the background of a homebuilder. Look for awards or accreditations that indicate a passion for what they do.

The local home builder association for Long Island is the Long Island Builders Institute.

#2Excellent Communication skills

New construction follows the local department’s  Building Code. Skill, knowledge, and ability are necessary to manage the many functions and phases of the project. The Builder needs to keep you informed of the status of your project during the entire timeline as you, the owner, need to keep the Builder informed of those aspects of your life that may affect your availability or accessibility.  Mutual respect and reasonable expectations of one another ensure success. If the builder says they he has ways of getting projects done more quickly, press him for the details.

#3 – Knowledge of the costs of construction

For a project to secure a  building permit as required in the Building Department stamped architectural drawings must be submitted. Once the architect produces the drawings and they’re in the hands of the builder, subcontractors can submit their estimates, and the builder can assemble those costs and provide a range for the entire project cost.  Architects have no obligation to manage costs for their clients; it is not part of their professional training.

#4 – Experience in Design Build

Design Build benefits the client because it stresses the collaborative and transparent nature of successful project management from the start.  To be informed and up to date on costs of labor and of materials is critical in construction project management to better advise clients of choices during design.  Design Build means that the architectural design and the construction are both managed by one entity, one single point of accountability. Choosing custom home builders that are Design-Build Firms like Plum Builders Inc. may help alleviate some of the uncertainty in construction scheduling since both design and build are handled by the same company.

 #5 – Value and quality

 Tour the homes built by any company you’re considering, and secure permission to talk with previous clients.   Then have a frank discussion about…

–  how many of their projects are completed on time. If they don’t give a clear answer, dig deeper to find out what their design process is like and how they build.

– Listen for clues. A strong, experienced builder will probably tell you exactly how they manage client expectations and ensure projects are on time and within budget.

– Trust your instincts.   Quality custom home builders are interested in a satisfied customer at the end of the project.  Find a builder who will tell you the truth, even when it is difficult to hear.

#6 – Reputation and Recommendations

Incredible builders have equally incredible reputations.  

Good word of mouth makes or breaks any custom home industry professional, so look for custom home builders whose reputations precede them positively.

If you are looking for an exceptional custom home builder, connect with us today for a consultation.