Choosing the Right Builder for Your New Home

Couple at new home construction siteThe builder you choose to construct your new home is just as important as the new home itself. It is crucial that you find a builder that you can trust. Because you will be working closely with your chosen builder for several months on one of the largest investments you will ever make, it is obvious that your decision is an important one. There are ways that this decision can be made easier. Doing your research and speaking with several builders can help ease the pressure and make a wise and informed decision.

The Builder’s Role

Making a decision on your builder should only be done when you understand what the builder’s role should be. Your builder should be an advocate for you. They will help you to determine your budget, select a plan that will meet your needs, help determine the design you desire, and monitor the entire construction project until you move in. An experienced builder will have extensive knowledge of all areas of construction. They will provide and manage all subcontractors including framers, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and all other necessary professionals. It is the builder who will examine the work of these subcontractors to ensure it is of the highest quality and fully meets any building codes. Permits, approvals, inspections, and any other legal requirements should also be managed by the builder. Once the home is completed, the builder will thoroughly inspect the home and work with the subcontractors to correct any issues. Finally, the builder will provide the homeowner with knowledge about the property and advise them of maintenance needs.

How Do I Find Them?

It’s helpful to hire your builder early in the project, but can be difficult to know which builder to choose. Seek out referrals from your realtor, your banker, friends, family, or any other professional or trusted individual. Many will have working relationships and can provide a good list of contractors to begin the process. Once you have narrowed your suggestions, contact the builders and research them. During this process, be on the lookout for some key things in the builders. These include:

  • Current Projects
  • Experience and Portfolio of Similar Projects
  • Level and Quality of Their Communication
  • Level and Quality of Their Organization
  • Time Management Skills
  • Specialties
  • Anything Else That Shows Their Skill and Professionalism

Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions and make sure they can and are happy to answer them. Think about what your working relationship might be with the builder. Are they someone you are comfortable with? Do they show an interest in making sure you are fully satisfied? Pay attention to your gut and what it tells you about a prospective builder. It’s a big decision and you want to make sure you are comfortable with your final choice.

Progressive Builders Is Here For You!

Progressive Builders is dedicated to partnering with you every step of the home building process to ensure that your lot will accommodate your new home and will meet the needs of your family and lifestyle. We also can assist you in finding the right floor plan, constructing your home with a focus on quality, and all at an outstanding value. With over 20 years of experience we’ve built a reputation across the Twin Cities metro area and beyond and are committed to continuing that level of excellence for your new home construction project. We have a number of customizable home plans to suit your needs and several lots available in neighborhoods across the Metro. We invite you to contact us today for more information.