10 Steps to Select the Right Contractor for Your Needs

Selecting the right building company according to your needs and the type of new house you are looking for is one of the most important decisions you will make in the process of buying your home.

Selecting the right building company according to your needs and the type of new house you are looking for is one of the most important decisions you will make in the process of buying your home.

Fortunately, there are some proven ways to speed up the research and selection process and help ensure that you find a quality builder that is the ideal choice to build your home.  This advice can speed up your search for a construction company and increase your confidence in that decision.

10 Steps to Select the Right Builder

10 Steps to Select the Right Builder

1. Define your needs

Although some builders build a wide range of houses, many also specialize in a specific type of house, price range or style. For example, not many businesses build homes to start for homebuyers for the first time, and neither do multimillion dollar homes for wealthy homebuyers.

Building materials, specialized contractors and even the construction process can differ greatly depending on the type and price of the house. Look for something that fits.

2. Experience counts

All construction companies, including the most experienced and reputable ones, have ever built their first home. And many construction companies started with experienced veterans from other construction companies.

Do not discard a new company in advance, especially if your team includes experienced professionals, but look for experience in general and the type of home you are looking for.

3. Are previous buyers satisfied?

Many builders offer customer references. If not, ask. In any case, follow up. Some inquiries that would be good to do are:

  • Would you buy another house from this builder?
  • Would you recommend them to close friends or family?
  • And do not forget to ask the main reasons why a former buyer would recommend or not a builder.

4. Is the builder licensed and insured?

Not all states or areas demand the builders to have a license but be sure to work with an accredited builder if required. Ask about what insurance the builder and the specialised contractors have.

Make sure they and you are covered during the construction process. Additionally, if your house was constructed before 1989, the building structures may use asbestos.  So, you would need a Adelaide asbestos removal contractor who has obtained the right license to work with asbestos-containing materials in your property.

5. Does the design fit?

A builder whose portfolio consists exclusively of modern homes may not be the best choice for that traditional house you are looking for, and vice versa. Although many contractors have experience in a variety of design styles and architectural details, in common, look for one whose task includes at least some examples of the style of home you want.

6. Warranty and Service

One of the main advantages of new constructions is that your home itself and most of the materials, systems and parts it contains are new in package and are under warranty. The peace of mind provided knowing that major repairs or a new roof are probably years away is important.

In addition, it seeks a structural guarantee of ten years or more on the house itself, ideally transferable to a new owner in case you sell. Also look for a construction company that provides timely and courteous service under warranty and take the time to explain the maintenance and proper care that any house needs.

7. Resale value

Excellent reputations follow good builders, between homeowners and realtors. Look for builders whose houses tend to maintain their value. We know that in recent years the value of housing has fallen a little for one of the first times in history, because of the market. So this is not an exact science, but when you see that the builder’s houses maintain or increase their value, it’s a good sign.

You should also look for commercials for real estate agents that specifically mention the name of a home builder for a sale that is already five or seven years old. The real estate agent evidently sees the brand as a great added value.

8. Participation in industry

Not every good constructor chooses to join their local home builder association, so do not exaggerate this. However, such membership tends to show that a builder is long-term confined to that area. It is also a sign of commitment to the developers of new home communities, construction product suppliers and specialized contractors working in your city or town.

9. Visit model houses and/or houses that this constructor has done for purchaser in the past

Once you’ve sorted out your choices to a list of possible builders using these criteria, this is the most important step. Nothing replaces personally seeing homes constructed by a constructor or construction company from your short list.

It can be a furnished prototype house that is open to the public. Or it can be a residence built by the builder for a previous customer that you can visit with an appointment. In any case, pay close attention to the look, feel and quality of the house.

10. Look for signs of quality

Look for signs of quality construction and pay attention to detail when you visit these houses. Consider also the building materials that the builder uses.

  • Are brands that have earned a well-deserved reputation for quality?
  • What about the houses under construction you went through when you were on your way to see the finished model house?
  • Were there signs of care and attention there as well?

Finally, observe the quality of the personnel who work for the construction company.

  • Did the employees show sincere interest in you and your needs?
  • Did they listen carefully?
  • Did they give you good answers to your questions?
  • Were they courteous, timely and professional in your interactions with them in the prototype house, sales centre or office?

With the ten steps above, you will be well on your way to selecting a good builder that is a good fit for you, your needs, and the new home they will build together.