When selecting a builder, choose the one you feel most comfortable with. A builder who is reputable, reliable and an effective communicator will often be a safe choice. The builder should view the satisfaction of the client as the main priority, if issues arise or changes need to occur during the build.
A good builder will never make promises he cannot deliver.
Completing dates, final pricing and payment schedules should always be put in writing. Builders warranty and after sale service programs should be clearly explained and noted in the contract. These programs can range in length and complexity, and should be included into the cost of the construction. A reputable builder will have an equally reputable warranty and service program.
The costs of construction will vary between builders. Every builder has different rates and includes different things in their final price. Some will include large allowances for items such as finishing, flooring, lighting, appliances, cabinetry, landscaping…etc. If the final prices are above or below the allowances for an item, the clients will pay the difference or have it credited back to them. Other builders won’t provide a build price to a potential client until they have gone through the process of selecting all of the items they would like in their home. The builder will add all of these items together and add a percentage for their management fee and the final price is determined.
Be apprehensive of a builder with a dramatically lower price when compared to the competition. They might not be honest about the costs involved to build the house, or their quality may be suspect. They may also require more money during the process of the build if they have understated the costs initially. However, don’t choose the builder with the highest price either unless their reputation with previous customers is impeccable.