STEP #2 – INTERVIEW BUILDERS and ARCHITECTS
(If you missed STEP #1 – Click here to review quickly)
Finding the right builder to build your home should be approached similarly to hiring someone to fill a position of employment. If you are working with an architect and builder, you must make sure they work well together, in addition to everything listed below.
If you have never participated in hiring an employee you need to understand that you will have to consider many factors and research thoroughly. If you have been involved in hiring, you know that you don’t take the first resume that comes in that looks like they have everything in order.
INTERVIEW & INVESTIGATE POTENTIAL BUILDERS!
Spend time getting to know your potential builders and do some research. Pictures on a website are a great starting point, but visit and investigate some of their homes for a quality check, learn who they are and request references.
- Do they have the knowledge and experience to do the job properly?
- How easily can you communicate with them?
- Do they have an impressive resume?
- How is the quality of the homes they have designed or built?
- What do their references have to say about them? Request 2-4 references. Anyone that has built a home can give you 1 or 2 of their best work and satisfied customers. When speaking to their references be sure to ask these two question:
- Would you ever have them do another project for you? Any hesitation or uncomfortableness, there’s a red flag.
- How do they handle call-backs? If the builder ignores call-backs regarding legitimate issues, there’s a red flag.
All the above is great, but your investigation process is not over yet. Be sure to find out if they have workers compensation and general liability insurance? This is very important because if they are not a quality insured home builder, you could end up being liable for injuries to workers on the jobsite or for other things that go wrong. In addition to proper insurance, do they have any professional affiliations, like the Home Builders Association? What is their rating with the Better Business Bureau? If you are looking for energy efficiency, do they have qualifications like a CGP designation (Certified Green Professional)?
This is your home that they will be building! Be sure they can do everything you want at a fair market price and that they care about your home to be.
See our Checklist for Selecting Your Home Builder or Remodeler for more details and watch for STEP #3 of Building Your Home Wisely.