04 Jan What to Look for in a Custom Home Builder
We know first hand how hard it can be to find the best custom home builder in Charleston. How do you compare different construction philosophies, different experience levels and most importantly, skill? Well, we can tell you that in addition to a custom home builder’s portfolio of completed projects, their personality is just as important. Read one to see what we mean.
A Builder that Fits Your Personality
You are about to enter a long term process to build your dream home. You’ll want a customer-friendly builder that can help you make personal decisions along the way. So before you start selecting a builder, consider your own personality and the kind of personalities with which you work well.
Spend time working out a wish list and a must-have list for your new home. With this in mind, meet with the builders and share all your lists. Evaluate the personality fit as you discuss your building project vision.
A Collaborative Building Process
Building your dream home should be one of the most exciting things you will ever do. Ask the builder to share with you the building process. It should be simple to understand and clear that they will work together with you and help guide you through the process.
A Portfolio Similar to Your Vision
Make sure the builder has experience building the architectural style that you have in mind. If you are not quite sure about the architectural style you’re going to settle on, look at the builder’s portfolio to see if they have examples of multiple architectural styles that appeal to you.
Neighborhood Building Experience
A custom home builder who knows the area and has experience in the town where you wish to build is very important in achieving your dream home with minimum stress.
Reputation for Quality
Top custom home builders only work with subcontractors accustomed to doing custom work. They make sure all companies are insured and have a great, proven, track record. Most quality custom home builders will provide you with a list of their preferred trade partners.
Strong References from Past Home Buyers
No matter how well your interview with the builder went, checking their references from former customers can help provide important information that can guide your decision.
A top-notch custom home builder should have no problem providing you with references from previous customers. Don’t be afraid to reach out to call these references, and perhaps even ask to see their home. If they’re being used as a reference, they will most likely be more than willing.
It’s important to get a perspective from someone who has just gone through the process.
It’s About relationships
The bottom line is building a custom home is about relationships. The relationship with your builder is vital, but also their relationship with their employees and tradesman. A builder who has a long standing relationship with a local electrician or hardwood floor installer will definitely get a higher level of work than a new builder who is just setting up shop in Charleston.
So, when you are interviewing a custom home builder, make sure you also speak to some of their employees and some of the subcontractors they use. Having an in person conversation with them can be an eye opener and help you make a better decision in choosing a home builder.