If you’re thinking about buying a new home, one key decision you’ll have to make is finding a home builder. Working with an experienced, professional builder can make a difference when it comes to creating your dream home. Seeking out a home builder that will meet your expectations involves targeted research and asking the right questions. Below are some steps you can take to find a builder who is right for you.
Make a List of Potential Builders
With so many companies to choose from the best first step is to make a list of potential builders.The Home Builders Association of Jacksonhas a list of builders who work in this area. Make sure your builder has a license! Your local Home Builders Association can find this out for you.Many builders advertise what type of homes they construct and may offer a price range. Also, consider asking local real estate agents or friends and relatives for recommendations.
Once you’ve generated a robust list of potential builders, reach out and ask questions. You can start by asking about associated costs in the short and long term such as financing options, fees, homeowner’s association dues and estimated taxes on the property. Don’t forget to secure references of recent buyers. A professional builder will be able to provide you with names and contact information of customers. When you connect with a reference, talk to them about their experience working with the builder in terms of planning, timelines and budgeting.
Get to Know Your Builder
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, make sure the home builder has substantial experience building the type of home you want. You can ask to see example floor plans and design options. Some builders have professional designations which is a sign that the builder has expertise in a specific area of building. The MS Housing Institute designates home builders as a Certified Professional Builder (CPB) or Certified Green Builder (CGP) if they meet certain requirements. These builders go the extra mile in education and customer service. See combs.com for a list of builders with these designations.
Establish Communication Expectations
Before you agree to work with a home builder, make sure to establish communication expectations. You both should agree on how often to connect to discuss updates throughout the project. It is best to determine what communication channel (email, text or phone) fits your needs. Taking this small but important step will help eliminate any confusion in the home building process and avoid damaging your relationship with your builder.
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