How to go about Choosing the Right Builder for Your Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m going to be telling you about how to choose the right builder for you– how to find the builder that’s going to give you the end result that you’re after. You need to determine, first of all, why you’re building the home? If you’re going to build a home and sell it straight away you may not need to focus on quality, you may not need to spend the money on a quality builder because you’re going to sell it straight away. On the other side of that you may want to build a home that you want to live in the rest of your life and quality is really important because you want your house looking fresh and brand new five, ten, fifteen years down the road. This really is the key to finding the right builder. If you get the wrong builder for you you’re going to have a terrible experience and hate building. If you find the best builder for you you’re going to want to keep doing it over again and again.

How do you determine which builder is the right one for you? Think of all the builders inside of a pyramid shape where the pyramid is broken up into five groups.

At the bottom of this pyramid you’ll find all the cheap builders. These builders make their profit on volume. They have to build a lot of homes. Some of these builders will build 100 to 120 homes per month. Mass volume but they have to have minimum staff. It’s all about having low cost staff. One of the staff may be frequenting 35 to 50 homes at any one time and their job is to make sure the houses are moving forward and it’s not necessarily focused on quality. They have to because they have to keep the costs down.

The next builders up the pyramid will have less jobs but a more expensive price tag. The second group build a lot of homes, bigger homes, cheaper homes but very basic. You can only make very basic changes to them and they’re done at very low cost. These guys build very big and basic homes and the focus is on being cheap.

The third group takes on a lot less jobs. They are more focused on quality and attention to detail. You do pay more for it but at the end of the day the home will look fantastic for years to come. They want to take on a moderate amount of homes but the people working on the homes are only working on ten to twenty homes at any given time. Much more manageable, much more attention to detail.

The fourth group are the builders that are building cheap two stories. These guys are building two stories on a budget. Because it’s two stories and a little more complicated they need to build few homes.

The fifth tier is the most expensive homes and the most attention to detail. These are the homes in the $500,000 to $2,000,000+. These builders only work on a few homes and have extreme attention to detail. These builders do the tricky jobs and you pay much more for this builder.

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This gives you a bit of a scale. A question I get a lot is that a buyer is looking at two different builders and one builder comes in $20K cheaper and they want to know why. The reason is that the two builders are from two different groups. You could go with the $20K cheaper builder but you’re going to sacrifice quality because this builder focuses on volume.

Unfortunately you’re not going to know the outcome until the builder hands you the keys. Really do your research. Read about the builders and read the comments from people. They may clue you in on whether this builder specializes in quality or volume.

The biggest thing you want from the builder is that you want to know how they’ll react to your problems. You will have problems during the build process. You’re going to be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home and it can really tick you off when they make little mistakes they just weren’t aware of. It’s good to know how they’ll react to these problems and whether they make them right with the buyers.

When a Loved One Builds Their Dream Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you the single best decision you can make when building a new house. Hire the right architect. A lot of people settle on buying a pre-planned home, but what’s a home about anyway? A home is a place where you can feel comfortable, where you spend a lot of your waking hours, and were you feel like, well, home.

My dad had this experience recently. He had never used an architect in the past but when he finally retired last year he knew it was finally time to build the house of this dreams. He had lived in the country as a kid on a small farm. Ever since he had lived in multiple city homes, with the homes situated close together. He had grown tired of the city live, wanted to live on a few acres, have a garden, and watch the sunset.

He contacted a local friend, who was an architect, to help him make his dreams a reality. He had my brother and I and wanted to have four bedrooms in his new home. He had dreamed about having dinners out on a covered screen in porch, a large garage, lots of land to have a garden and keep mowed and just enjoy retirement. The architect knew what he was looking for and within about two weeks time had some plan drawings for my dad to review. He loved the architect’s creativity and mastery of his craft. There were lots of unique features including many archways, great utilization of space, an open plan home, and even a rooster wind vane at the peak of the garage to give the country home feel.

After only a couple revisions the house was complete and approved. My dad couldn’t contain his excitement. He could already feel himself inside his new home and making lasting memories to come. He was already planning the future family get togethers and where we’d play basketball games outside.

Some things about the house weren’t revealed until the house started construction. The framers were experts and quickly turned the house layout into 3D form. It was quite the experience walking through the vertical studs of the house and imagining living within its walls. There was a hidden alcove above the door and an expertly crafted gable roof. As the house transitioned first through drywall and into cabinetry the house was really feeling personal.

My dad made visits many days of the week to check on progress and he would eagerly tell the family about each days progress. After the cabinetry, came the paint, and the wood floors and finally the carpet and furniture.

These are the types of things that only an architect designed house can achieve. You can buy a pre-planned house and skill enjoy the house but there will always be compromises and things you wish were different. With an architect you can take your time and only approve the design when the house is exactly the way you want. After all, why not spend the years of your life in the home of your dreams?

Check out this design your dream house article to get started with some ideas of your own!