Builder must-haves

Builder must-haves

Whether you’re deep into your search for a homebuilder or just beginning, there are a few “must-haves” to keep in mind when vetting candidates:

  • A solid reputation. The builder you select should have a several successful home completions and a long list of happy clients. Make sure to ask for references and referrals. Also consider contacting the Better Business Bureau to make sure the builder you're considering doesn't have a bad track record.
  • Knowledge and experience. Ideally, your builder should know everything about how to build a home—from pouring a foundation and framing to plumbing, roofing and custom finishes. If possible, study your builder's previous projects; if you see any negative patterns or recurring problems, steer clear.
  • The best possible subcontractors. Your builder should only hire the best subcontractors in the business—trusted, experienced people who have the same high standards as your builder. Remember that you are the ultimate boss, and if you aren't on the same page as your contractor, the project might not go as planned.
  • On-site control. Your builder should be present at the building site at every stage of your home's construction. Hands-on supervision can prevent serious mistakes and help you achieve complete satisfaction. Your builder should act in your best interests, not his.
  • Open and honest communication. Your builder should maintain consistent and thorough communications with you, be your eyes and ears on the job site, and be completely focused on your satisfaction. During every step of the process, you should feel like an essential and valued collaborator.