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how to choose a builder: Start smart

There are many builders out there. Some are good and some are not. If you are building a home you want to make sure you choose a reputable builder. Don't trust just anyone to build your home!

Home builders should be professionals with the skills, knowledge, experience and resources to build you the home of your dreams. Starting smart means you need to do your homework and make sure that the home builder you trust with your dream home is someone equipped to get the job done right. Your choice will have a direct impact not only on the success of your project, but more importantly on your future happiness.

Did you know?

In Montana, a builder only has to register as a contractor to be licensed in the state. There are no qualifications required other than having a business id number! There is much more homework to do to determine a builder's reputation.

What many unqualified builders do not know is that anyone that is paid money to do any construction is expected to be a professional. Find a professional that has the knowledge and experience to perform to your expectations and standards of craftsmanship.

Make a List of Professional Builders

The first step in choosing the right builder is to create a list of reputable companies to compare. Start by asking friends and neighbors, attend a local home show or parade of homes. This is an important time to do this research. You can also talk to real estate agencies or friends to find out more about the companies and their reputations. It is also important to ask about their sub-contractors and research them too.

Learn About Them

The next step is to learn as much as you can about the company and their skills. Looking at their experience can help you to better understand what to expect. You can ask the company about their history, but also ask to see completed projects. Ideally, you will want to talk to others about their experiences working with the builder. Was it a good one? What problems arose? How well did the company handle these complications? By getting references and talking to individuals, you can reduce your risk of winding up with someone that can't be trusted to do the job.

As you look through the builder's portfolio, try not to get stuck on the style of individual homes but rather stay focused on the quality of the work. The creation of a custom home is a partnership between a homeowner and builder. Builders can build any style and they will work with you to make sure the style of your home is all your own.

Look At Skill Closely

Unlike plumbers and electricians, builders are not required to work as journeymen before taking their test to qualify as a master. Reputable builders gain experience by doing. Ask your builder "how many homes have you built?" There are many situations in which you will find professionals who simply stand above the rest and offer a better overall finished product.

Understand exactly what you are getting for your investment. When comparing companies, find out what skills or special qualifications these companies can offer you. In short, you want to know how well they can fulfill your needs. Can they give you ideas and customize the entire process for your success? Take the time to talk to the builder in person to get a feel for what he or she can do for you.

Not all home builders are alike. Since this is an investment that you will likely keep for many years to come, it is one that you should make wisely, and only after completing significant research on the company you opt to use.


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The creation
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