Why Picking the Right Builder Is Half the Battle
How important is it to choose a good builder? It’s #1 on the list!
You will have a lot of decisions to make as you build your custom
home—selecting colors and finishes, determining size and layout, and
more. But no decision will impact your homebuilding experience more
than the all-important decision you’ll make right at the start. You need to
choose a great builder!
The fact is you can’t do a good deal with a bad person. No matter how
hard you work, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The same
is true with your builder. Here are the three most important qualities to
look for in a builder for your custom home:
1. TRUST: Building a new home is probably one of the largest
investments a person will ever make. If you don’t believe your builder
has your best interests in mind, you’re talking to the wrong builder.
You want a builder who works on your behalf, not someone who is only
looking out for his own interests. When you call your builder, will you
get a straight answer? If something goes wrong on your job, do you
trust your builder to make it right? Believe me, when you build a custom
home, there will always be bumps in the road no matter which builder
you select. There isn’t a contract written yet that will cover every
possible condition that you may encounter while building your new
custom home. Ask yourself: What is your builder’s intent? If his
internal compass is pointing north (with intentions to do the right thing,
even when it’s difficult), you’re halfway there.
2. COMPETENCE: Does your builder have the ability to see and
execute your home from start to finish? Is he able to walk you through
the concept and design stage to produce a home that will reflect your
needs, wants, and lifestyle? Does he have the right interior design team
to complement your taste and preference? Does he have the right office
staff that will politely and professionally respond to your needs and
questions? Does he have an on-time, competent construction team to
oversee the building of your new custom home? Does your builder have systems and procedures in place that will allow him to execute the
building of your home in an excellent way? Does your builder have a
reputation and history in the community that speaks well of his business?
3. FAIR PRICE: Does your builder charge a fair price? Most people
start by looking at cost first. While price is certainly important, it’s not
nearly as critical as trust and competence. That’s why I put this quality
If you know your builder is charging you a fair price for his services,
and if you know he is trustworthy and competent, look no further. You
have found your builder. Hire him and begin to focus on how to make your
dream home a reality.