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9 Tips: How To Hire the Right Builder for Your New Home

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9 Tips: How To Hire the Right Builder for Your New Home

You've found the house of your dreams, and are ready to embark on the exciting journey of home building. One of the most difficult decisions homeowners are faced with is choosing the dependable and skilled contractor. Here are 9 tips that will help you choose the right contractor for your dream home.
  • Set up interviews with at least 3 to 4 contractors.    Make a list with all of your questions and concerns regarding the building process.  Ask each contractor the same questions, and request a bid.  Doing this will ensure you can compare all contractors equally.
  • Ask your family, friends, and neighbors.  Often times, the best and most honest referrals will come from those closest to you.  Talk with those who have built before you, and learn about their experiences.  Ask a lot of questions and request the pros and cons of working with that contractor.
  • Find out what work the contractor will be doing, and what they will be delegating to subcontractors.   It is very important that all work is completed by skilled individuals.  Your contractor should be about to outline who will be hired and what they will be doing during the construction process.Keowee Lake Cottage | Rustic House Plan
  • Research litigation and complaint history.  The Better Business Bureau is a great place to begin your search for any major issues the contractor may have had in the past.  You can also visit your local court for more information.
  • Check the contractor's license.  This is without a doubt one of the most important things you can do.  Your contractor should show you a copy of his license, and the licenses of subcontractors who will be working under his management.
  • Make sure the contractor will get the required permits.  Getting permits for your job will ensure you do not violate any local ordinances.  If your contractor does not offer to do this, it may be best to walk away.
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  • Request a detailed contract outlining the work to be completed.  A proper contract should explain the changes being completed, materials that will be used, deadlines, payment schedules, and cost.  If your contract does not include this, addendums can be provided until you are satisfied.
  • Verify the coverage by your homeowners insurance, and the contractors business insurance.  Accidents happen.  Be prepared by knowing exactly what is covered in the event insurance coverage is needed.
  • Have open and frequent communication with the contractor.   The most important part of building your dream home is developing a trusting and open professional relationship with your contractor.  If concerns arise during a construction, bring them up to the contractor immediately.  Taking these extra steps can save you time and money.
Visit the National Association of Home Builders for more information on hiring the right contractor for your family's home building project.

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