New Home Builders: Get What You Want

When it comes to living in different homes, you have moved around a couple of times. You have lived in the dorm, an apartment, a townhouse and even a duplex. Although most of these accommodations have been nice, they had already been lived in by someone other than yourself. They really did not feel like home. Besides, since you never owned your own home, you never got to make decorating changes that would make it your own.

But, that is all going to change. You have finally decided to move into your own home. You want it to be nice, comfortable and brand new. You have picked the design of home that you want. You have even picked out which section of town that you want to live in. However, the one thing that you are stumped about concerns the home builder. You don’t know the slightest thing about what to look for in a builder. This is the first time that you have ever bought a home. Most importantly, this is the first time that you are getting a home built to your specifications.

However, don’t get stressed out. Choosing a competent house builder is pretty easy to do. Of course you are going to pick new builders that are experienced and qualified to do the job. However, there are other things that you might want to take into consideration as well. The following are just a few of them:

Is he willing to work with you? Find a home builder that does not have a problem with building your dream home based upon your specifications. When you are looking for the ideal builder, remember that you want a home that is built according to the things that you want and not what the builder is trying to offload to his customers. Is the builder willing to customize your home according to your tastes? Many times builders are willing to build homes based upon what the homeowner wants. Choose the colors for your kitchen counter tops and cabinets. Choose the carpet color for your living room. Maybe you don’t want carpet at all. You would prefer hardwood instead. Don’t get stuck with what you builder wants. After all, you’ll be paying the mortgage. Choose a house builder that will let you make selections that will customize your home just for you.

Are you into the environment and want your home to reflect this? There are some home builders that will only build homes with materials that are environmentally correct. Does the builder offer energy efficient homes? Check into other homes that he has built in the past. Were they built with materials that are bio-degradable? If you are a person who is committed to living a green lifestyle, these are the types of things that are very important to you? Why live in a home that does not represent the person that you have become?

Does your home builder have the same vision that you do? Do you like his home designs. Find a house builder who builders traditional styled homes, if that is what you have your heart set on. Do not settle for a builder who only builds homes with a contemporary slant.

Selecting A Custom Home Builder

Finding a Maryland Custom Home Builder can be very exciting, very rewarding and VERY nerve racking if the proper “Due Diligence” is not exercised.

Beware of the BAITERS!

What is a BAITERS?

A “Baiter” is a Builder that will quote a ridiculously low price per square foot dollar amount. The low price per square foot grabs your attention. The tactic / ploy then entices you to contact the Custom Builder. It is when you start “peeling back the onion” that you start to realize that the ridiculously low price per square foot number didn’t include everything (site work, all permits, etc…) and is being quoted with low grade / sub standard materials.

What are the “Make Sure” things to do when selecting a Maryland Custom Home Builder?

1) Make Sure that the price quoted by ANY Maryland Custom Home Builder is ALL inclusive. This includes, but is not limited to, ALL of the permits, ALL of the necessary site work (driveway, excavations, septic, etc…) and ALL of the necessary hookups (water & sewer, well & septic, gas & electric). NO surprises later, when it’s too late. If you are not a handyman you will want the Custom Home Building process to be completely “Turn-Key”.

2) Make Sure that you compare “Apples to Apples” when comparing materials used by any Maryland New Home Builder. The use of 2×4 construction versus 2×6 construction, Formica Countertops versus Granite Counter tops, Single Hung windows versus Double Hung Windows, Brick versus Vinyl Siding, Grades of Cabinets, Grades of Carpet, Grades of Appliances, the list can go on and on… The best thing to do is run a computer spreadsheet comparing the included specifications of one perspective Custom Home Builder to another Custom Home Builder.

3) Make Sure that you visit a couple of Custom Homes that are under construction to check out “Build Quality” and actual materials used. If you see a subcontractor / vendor onsite, don’t take up an inordinate amount of time (they are working) but ask them, “Do you like working for this particular Custom Builder?” If there are any payment problems or if it is a poorly run jobsite you maybe surprised at the candid answers you will receive. Notice the condition of the job site. Is it sloppy or messy? This may be an indication of a “I don’t care” attitude.

4) Make Sure there is a communication process in place during construction. EVERY week you should be informed of what events are scheduled on your home for that particular week. Pictures, emails, phone calls, etc… are all excellent tools for a Maryland Custom Home Builder to stay in touch with their client.

5) Make Sure that ANY builder you are considering has EXCELLENT customer references. Contact several references and ask them about their overall experience with the Custom Builder. If people weren’t happy with their experience – they will tell you.

Tips on Choosing a Home Builder

Purchasing a house and turning it into your home comes into the list of very important and exciting activities of your life. It is a buy for keeps. You must consider every point before buying your house and before choosing the builder of your house. The home builder must be scrutinized before you give them the contract – the responsibility to build your abode.

Plan Beforehand

To get what you want, you must know it and accordingly plan beforehand. Plan on what type of home you desire, the space and its usage and flexibility, the exteriors and extra space like garden or garage, the interiors and their accommodating ability, the plumbing, conveniences and looks.

After adjusting, decide on your price range – how much are you ready to spend. Plan on what services you require from your builder like warranty, post delivery service and maintenance and modes of record of dealings. These will help you communicate with your builder and you will be able to let them know what you desire.

Research for Builders

Once you have your plans, find out the builder you want. For this, you must read through recent journals and newspapers with advertisements and contract offers. You should also keep in touch with your local builders’ association. Surf online and stay alert for electronic messages that give you information about builders. Look through Yellow Pages.

Visit home shows. Look for specialized builders, custom home builder and new home builders as well as experienced ones. You can talk to recent and old buyers and jot down their advices and contacts.

Questions You Must Ask

Visit promising builders and ask your questions. Have a communicative and candid relationship with your builder. Ask if they are willing to let you talk to their previous clients for recommendations. Find out how long they have been in business, what their experiences are and what kind of reputation do they have. Be judgmental and clear about if they meet your requirements, but avoid being snobby. It is important for the builder to like you as well as it is vice versa.

Ask them if they will give you written records of their dealings and services. This will prove their ingenuity. If you are interested in customizing your home, ask builders if they do so. Ask where they are going to buy raw materials for and if they are ready to allow you to accompany them at times for inspection. Ask if you can inspect the house after completion and before delivery. Also find out what compensation and insurance services do they offer.

Choosing Your Builder

Once you have got answers to your questions from different builders, compare them. Select the one that fulfills your desires more conveniently. Then find out more about the builders from previous buyers and their associations. Go and look at houses they have built. Find out the longevity and quality of their houses. These are the basic requirements.

Also find out what they do if customer’s requirements are not met with after the home is built. Go to builders’ associations to check previous records. Gather all the information you can about your builder and their work. Take time, weigh your possibilities, listen to others while keep your mind unbiased and then select your builder. Wishing you a happy home warming.