Choosing a new home builder is contracting a company to build you a home. You want to choose someone who you can trust and have a good track record so you can have peace of mind. There are many associations that have a list of good standing builders, you can also ask around or check our online forums that people talk about their building experience with specific builders. The truth is, every builder will have positive and negative feedback, you will have to make the choice of which builder fits your needs the best and have trust in to take care of you when the problem arises.
Production Builder & Custom Builder
A production builder is one who builds a large volume of homes yearly and thus they typically do not allow too many custom changes to their floor plans and design ideas. However, the prices are usually better because they are able to purchase the building materials in bulk. Also, they sometimes may have spec homes that they have started which may work to your advantage if you want to move in sooner or you just want everything to be picked out for you.
A custom builder, on the other hand, will offer changes to their floor plans, send you to a variety of suppliers to choose your interior finishes, and have more options as to what you want to put into your home. Because of the wide selections and resources, the price tends to be higher, but you get to put in what you want. You do want to keep in mind that the process of building with a custom builder can be longer just because there are more back and forth in the planning stages.
Builder Group in Specific Community
Depending on the community that you have picked out, there may a limited builder group that you can choose from. For most starter homes community, you will probably be working a production builder while communities with bigger estate lots will have more custom, builder groups. The only way to work around it is to wait until the community is at the end phase when the developer decides to sell off the leftover lots to the public which they will post on their website. You can then purchase one of the available lots for sale and hire your own custom builder to complete your home. Just make sure that the builder you want does in fact offer infills, meaning that they will build on your own lot.
Don’t Forget the Sales Representative
When shopping for a new home builder, it is also important to pick the right sales representative to work with. He or she will be your main contact for the whole building process which usually runs about 10 months. A good sales rep will take the time to listen to what your needs and wants, come up with a plan that will work for you, and communicate with you on a regular basis. Get to know the sales rep when you visit a show home and find someone who you feel comfortable to deal with, it can make a huge difference.