About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Thinking about having a home custom-built? If so, then one of the first steps you'll need to take is to find a reputable builder. With so many custom home builders out there, finding the best one for your needs and budget can be difficult. This is why it's important to do your research and ask a few key questions before signing any kind of a contract with a builder.
What Kind of Financing Do You Accept?
Not all builders will accept all types of financing, so if you're planning on using a less-conventional mortgage option (such as a USDA or similar loan), you'll want to check with the builder first to ensure they'll be able to accept it. If you're using a conventional or even an FHA loan, you will probably be fine, but it's best to check and have the additional peace of mind.
Do You Offer Land and House Packages?
One of the best ways to save money on your new home is to purchase it as part of house/land package deal. This allows you to combine your home and plot of land into one convenient home loan while also saving you the hassle of going out and finding your own plot of land. Keep in mind, however, that most land and house packages will be located in subdivisions, so this may not be your best option if you want to live in a more remote area.
What Type of Warranty is Included?
Any reputable builder should offer a home warranty, but not all home warranties are created equal. Ask for a copy of the home warranty terms that would apply to your home and read through it carefully to determine what is covered and what might be your responsibility to fix. Make sure all the major components of your new home (appliances, HVAC, roofing, etc.) will be covered for at least a few years.
Can You Guarantee a Move-In Date?
This is especially important if you're trying to coordinate your move-in with selling an existing home. Ideally, you'll have a guaranteed move-in date written into your contract, but be sure of this before you sign any paperwork. The last thing you need is to find out that your home won't be ready on time when you've already packed everything and sold your existing home!
By taking the time to ask these questions and read reviews of home builders, you'll ultimately be able to make the right choice!Share
14 July 2017