The process of choosing a builder for your new home construction can be daunting when you start to think about the sheer number of licensed home builders out there. Not all home builders are the same, so a builder that may have worked well for someone else may not be the best one for you.
There are many things to consider when selecting a home builder for your project. Choose your home builder based on the following criteria:
Your House Style
When it comes to new home construction projects, there are many different types of architectural styles to choose from. Each house style is a unique design language that communicates how your home should be built, what materials should be used, and how the home should look and function after it is finished.
Most home builders are familiar with a variety of residential architectural styles, but only a few are conversant with nearly all house styles. Make sure you choose a builder that is vastly experienced in the specific type of house style you want to be built. Asking prospects if you can see photos of similar projects completed by them can help to gauge the quality of work they can do.
Your Expected Project Completion Time
When building a new home, you'll probably have a timeframe for completing the project. Maybe you've already initiated the sale of your current home and hope that the new one will be ready for occupation before the closing date. In such situations, your new home build will be time-bound, and its timely completion will be vital to the success of the project.
Before you hire a home builder for your project, make sure you discuss deadlines. Avoid builders that have many projects running at the same time. Choose a builder that has enough time and resources available to take on your project and have a fast turnaround time.
The Location of Your Construction Site
Like many other tradespeople, home builders are required to register with provincial and territorial associations that are mandated to oversee their professional conduct. Every builder is required to ensure strict compliance with building codes and standards applicable to their structures.
While there's absolutely nothing wrong with hiring a non-local builder for your new residential build, choosing a local builder increases the chance of fully staying compliant with building regulations that apply to your project.
The right builder will make your new home construction project go smoothly, giving you peace of mind through the entire construction process.