You have probably seen those ads about a custom home builder that will design and construct your custom home for less than you would pay for a similar house. This is a great option if you are planning to build a custom home on your own or on a small budget. However, not all custom homebuilders are created equal. So how do you choose a quality custom home builder? Here are some tips.
First it is essential to point out that almost all custom homebuilders will agree that the entire building process varies depending on the kind of builder you choose to work with. This is because there are wide variations between production homebuilders and custom homebuilders who work from scratch on their designs. Large production builders are typically large volume contractors who also use stock building materials.
The kind of building process you end up with will also depend on your budget and the number of floor plans you decide to use. Big production homebuilders typically set up an entire construction shop to develop your design and build your homes. The process usually includes drawings, plans, and construction documents like blueprints, structural data, and specifications for your home. In addition, your custom home builder might collaborate with you throughout the design and building process to help make sure everything fits correctly and looks great as well. Your custom home builder will even take care of the construction site by setting up equipment and workers for the job.
On the other hand, most custom homebuilders will only utilize a small number of construction staff to oversee the project. Some general contractors will even contract their workers to other builders in the area to take on smaller jobs. But generally, a typical custom home builder will have one or two people on staff – a general contractor and floor contractor – to oversee the project. The general contractor works with the architect and drafts the plans while the floor contractor deals with the materials and workers on the project.
Most general contractors are relatively inexpensive when compared to custom homebuilders. You should do some research to find out the average price for different jobs in your area. Once you know how much the average contractor charges, compare it to the price that you will be expected to pay for a custom home builder. This will help you determine if you can afford to hire one expert to do the work instead of hiring two or more general contractors.
If you need help deciding which kind of professional to hire, there are a number of resources you can turn to. One way is to ask friends and family who own custom homes what they would recommend. Another is to visit your local real estate board to learn more about what types of professionals they might recommend. Most importantly, please help yourself by learning as much as you can about building custom homes so that you will have a better idea about what you should expect when you hire a custom home builder. This will help you understand what to expect from them and make your decision easier.
When you talk to the architect or floor contractor, ask them what they can offer you in terms of an estimate. You need to request this document because you need to make sure that they are being honest with you. If they give you an estimation that is far below the actual cost of building the home, there is something fishy going on. The reason is because they may be trying to get you to sign a contract that they don’t actually have to follow through on. In order to keep you from walking into such a scenario, you need to make sure that you check references and verify their credentials. (This is especially important if you are going to choose to use an architect or custom home builder that doesn’t have a license to operate in your area.)
Once you’ve found the right custom home builder for you, ask for a design, and take it to the building site. Before you sign any contracts, take your time to tour the property. You need to be sure that it will be a good fit for you. Visit the location several times to walk around and get a feel for how the building will look once it is fully erected. Finally, be prepared to walk away if you are not happy.