Choosing a custom home contractor isn’t just as simple as a google search and a phone call. It would be nice if the process was that easy, but you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the right contractor for you and the home you’re looking to build.
Homes are a big investment, and something you’ll be living in for many years to come. Making sure you find the right home builder is going to be incredibly important. It would be a huge waste of time and money if you hired someone who couldn’t even build the home you really wanted.
There are a few key things you should do to begin the process of hunting for the perfect custom home builder that should help you in your search.
1. Start with a general concept or plan.
You should definitely have a good idea for what kind of home you actually want before you ever attempt contacting a contractor. What good does it do either of you if you don’t even know what you want? So, start by deciding on a general aesthetic you like, figure out how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’re going to need, and look at example blueprints for ideas. Going into this with a good idea of what you’re looking for will help your contractor know what direction things need to go in, and you can determine whether they’ll be able to give you what you’re looking for.
Some contractors also have portfolios that you can look through. If you already know mostly what you want, you can look through their portfolio and determine if they’ve done work similar to your ideas and this will help you figure out if they’re a good fit for you.
2. Get specifics figured out.
Working out exactly what sort of fixtures, finishes, and appliances you’re going to need for your home will help really pinpoint a list of your necessities and allow contractors to easily tell you what they can and can’t do. A good builder will gladly provide lots of variety and options for you when it comes to the specifics, and openly communicate pricing as well. If you’re considering multiple contractors, you can take this list with you when talking to each of them and make notes. This will help you narrow down your options.
3. Set a budget.
Doing research and getting a general idea of the cost of what you’re looking to build and figuring up how much you can afford to spend is going to be ideal in keeping things on track during the actual building process, as well as you can get let the contractor know exactly what they’re getting into before construction. They won’t be able to try and push later on if you set that boundary up front. Good home builders will be happy to stick to your budget and communicate if they think it’s doable for what you’re asking. Be sure to do the research first though to make sure your budget is reasonable. You obviously shouldn’t go in with a budget of $100,000 expecting a million-dollar home build!
4. Stay informed and prepared.
Making sure that you ask your contractor plenty of questions before signing a contract with the one of your choosing! Figure out if they’re insured, what would happen if an accident did arise, what will happen if there is any damage during the building process, etc. Make sure that in the worst-case scenarios, you won’t be left at fault for anything or in debt due to a lack of professionalism. Good contractors are always going to be upfront and personable with you, since customer service is an important part of their job duties. If you get a bad feeling after meeting with a contractor, it’s probably best to trust your gut and find someone new.
Cordes Custom Homes is always willing to work with customers to give them exactly what they want and need in a custom home. When you work with us, you’re getting high-quality construction as well as the best customer service. We welcome every customer into the building process and treat you like family, that way if you have any questions or concerns, you feel like you can easily talk to us. We aim to be flexible and are willing to do whatever it takes to get you your dream home.
If you’re interested in utilizing our services and working with a custom home builder who will prioritize you and your needs, give us a call or fill out the form on our contact page to get in touch with us! We can’t wait to hear from you!