When it comes to building your home, you are apt to think about all of the positive things that will come of it. You create a vision in your mind of this "dream home," and you have likely already pre-decorated and imagined the perfect neighbors in the process. What you are NOT likely to think about (or dream about rather) is the ups and downs that can play a role in the entire process. Building a home is serious business, as much as it is a serious and life changing (for the positive) choice. It is one of the most important investments you will ever make. For that reason it is imperative to hire the right contractor for the job.
I know a friend that builds houses on the side, he can build me one for dirt cheap!. . . Since he's a friend, I know it will go great! . . . WRONG!
While in your heart wants to believe this, it's a very risky decision. There are several other criteria that should be met, other than being on "friend status," in order to hire someone to build your home. Building a home takes skill from several different types of trade. You have the framers, the carpenters, the painters, the mason, the plumbers, the roofers, the electrician, the HVAC expert, even the landscaping! The home builder you hire will serve as the general contractor for all of the entities, and hiring the right one, means hiring someone experienced who has built reputable reputations with his tradesmen in each of those categories. Someone who builds houses on the side, doesn't likely have the greatest means to the greatest tradesmen that you would want to be working on your home. The builder you hire should have experience, a contractors license, insurance and workers comp insurance.
Questions that can help you clarify the qualifications of a potential builder of your home:
1. How many years of experience do you have?
2. Can you provide me proof of your contractors license, insurance and workers comp?
3. Can you supply me with references to other projects similar to mine?
4. What should I expect the process to be, should I hire you to build my home?
The four questions above should give you enough of a good idea and ease any of the major questions you might have from the start. After choosing to hire your builder, it's important from that point to remain in open communication and ensure that you are both on the same page when it comes to timeline, selection and expectations.
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