How to Find the Right Builder for Your New Home

Choosing the best custom home builder is the key to getting your dream home, just as you have always envisioned it. Your contractor is your expert partner, capable of understanding your unique needs, and managing the construction of your new home. The top builders offer design/build services, and can start from scratch: creating a solid house plan or blueprint that combines every desired feature of your custom home. Your builder then supervises talented and experienced members of the construction team for an efficient, successful building project. Your new house will be completed on time and on budget. It will be built to exacting standards that will ensure you decades of happiness living in your valuable, comfortable, beautiful and unique custom home.

Who is Your Ideal Home Builder?

Your ideal builder is one who can help you understand what’s possible, and what options you may have to achieve a home design that looks and functions just the way you want. Once the design and layout are established, the builder should deploy a team of the best craftsmen to bring your new home to life.

Your builder should be experienced, dedicated to your satisfaction and flexible enough to join the project before or after the initial design stage. An experienced builder can execute architectural plans you already have, or create the initial plans in-house, and (either way) make sure that the result is superb. At the end, you’ll receive a home of the highest quality and value that reflects your preferred style and offers you every comfort. Put simply, your ideal home builder is the one that you trust.

Choosing a Custom Home Builder You Can Trust

So how can you locate the builder that’s best qualified to create your dream home? 

  • Get recommendations from friends, colleagues and/or relatives.
  • A local real estate agent may have the names of reliable and talented custom home builders.
  • Ask a homeowner whose home impresses you.

Questions to ask your potential home builder:

  • Get references. Ask for recent examples of work that you can look at and recent home buyers you can talk to.
  • Learn what’s included. For instance: can the builder construct outdoor rooms, custom hardscapes, or outdoor kitchens as part of the home construction project?
  • Ask how the builder will incorporate landscape features on your building site/property. Is there a pond on the property or a view? Learn how can it be used to best advantage in your custom home design.
  • Discuss any eco-friendly home features that are important to you. Find out how your builder will source sustainable materials or include solar power to create an energy-efficient home.
  • Talk about special decorative or functional home features you’d like, such as fireplace(s), a sunroom, deck, balcony, outdoor kitchen, home gym, sauna, home office, etc. Let your builder explain how they will construct custom home elements that are important to you.
  • Learn whether your custom home contractor will sub-contract any work or whether the in-house team has the capabilities you’re looking for. How will your builder ensure you get the highest quality construction on each major element of your home?
  • Check that your custom home construction contractor is state licensed, properly insured and bonded for your protection.
  • Ask whether the builder stands behind all work with a guarantee — and get the details.
  • Agree upon a timeline. Find out whether the builder can complete the custom home in the time you have allotted.
  • Determine project cost. Some of the best home builders offer a free consultation to discuss the elements of custom home construction.

Look for a builder who is a good communicator and who shows enthusiasm for your project. Select the home builder who can win your complete confidence by providing the above information.

Why Use a Design/Build Company for Your Custom Home?

If you need a custom home designed and built, going with one single firm has its advantages. At Miller’s Residential Creations, we have experience with all aspects of a custom home build, from home design to expert construction. Whether we created the plans with you or not, we understand how best to achieve the design goals and special features of your custom home project.

Consult a Dedicated, Experienced WV Home Builder

Keep these above points in mind as you interview your potential homebuilder and you’ll make a wise choice. When you choose the right expert partner, you will come away with a high-end, custom built home that is a joy to live in and own. At Miller’s Residential Creations, we have achieved this for hundreds of satisfied local homeowners throughout the WV area. Find out what we can do for you! Contact us today for your free consultation.

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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