How to Choose the Right Custom Home Builder

By: | September 23rd, 2020

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Finding a house that is exactly what you want is likely to be an impossibility. Of course, you’ll find some that are in the location you want and have most of the features and space you want, but it won’t be precisely as you wish. Most people compromise when they buy a house. It’s the only way to find a home suitable for their own requirements. It could be you have to accommodate a family, or perhaps you want a certain style of house. Or maybe you have an idea of a design that you want to get close to?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was no need to compromise and you could have the home you want in every single way? You can, and the way to do it is to have a house custom built for you. While this may sound like an expensive option, it can in fact be surprisingly cost-effective. After all, would you rather spend your hard-earned money on a compromise home, or on one that is absolutely what you want? The latter may cost a little more, but it will your home for life. The problem you have now is choosing the builder, so here are some tips that should help.

Stay Local – if you can find a local custom house builder you are doing the right thing. A local builder will understand the area and what is required in terms of building regulations. Local to Salt Lake City, for example, are Ironwood Custom Builders who have a strong reputation for excellent service and quality results. Furthermore, being local they will be less expensive than bringing in a builder from afar. If you have a plot of land, start looking for builders in that locale as they will provide the best service. You may have recommendations from friends or family; check these out as they are most likely to provide you with ideal builder for your custom home project.

Check Reputation – once you have a few candidates, start researching them. Check their website for reviews and information and ask to see examples of their previous work. They’ll be more than happy to put you in touch with satisfied clients should you ask, and it’s always sensible to see what they are capable of and talk to people who have worked with them. Ask if they are members of any industry bodies, too, and see if they have a good reputation with them. You are going to work with these people for some time, so you need to be able to get on with them and be sure they understand what you want.

Get Quotes – it is important you get more than one quote for the build, and don’t simply take the cheapest one. The cheap quote may not be the best option, but sometimes it may be with the builder you want to work with. If not, use it as a negotiating tool to get an agreed price from your preferred builder. Once you agree a price, get it in writing that it is set at that and there will be no extras. This is vital as there are many horror stories of people paying a lot more than originally quoted.

There are more considerations such as whether the builder is experienced in the type of build you want, and the quality of materials they use, but the above are the important factors you need to think about before you settle on a builder for your custom build home. Start looking now, and get the ball rolling on an exciting project.


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