When it comes time to transform your dream home from a set of plans to the real thing you’ll need to find the right custom home builder to see it through. The builder’s job will be to follow every precise detail when constructing the home. When meeting with prospective builders for estimates be sure to fully and clearly explain your plans and what you have in mind.
Where to Find a Custom Home Builder
If you aren’t aware of any builders in your area you may want to reach out to your local home builders’ association for assistance and a list to choose from. The association for custom home builders in Toronto is The Ontario Home Builders’ Association. You can also ask friends and family as well as checking online reviews for custom home builders with good reputations. If you find a builder in your area you may want to check out their work firsthand by visiting a few homes they’ve built and to see any project galleries of past work you can view.
Once you’ve decided to contact a custom home builder take notice of how accessible they are. For example, do they return emails and phone calls in a timely manner or do they just leave you hanging. If you have a difficult time getting in contact with a builder to discuss things that should be seen as a warning sign. You’re ideally looking for a custom home builder who takes client communications seriously and who’s readily available to help share their advice, expertise and ideas.
Meeting With a Custom Home Builder
When meeting a builder be sure to have everything you need with you and make a list of questions you’d like to discuss with them. There are several important things you should probably know before meeting such as if they’re fully inured and licensed. But once you’re there, be sure to find out how long they’ve been in business, how many homes have they built, are there hidden or additional fees and if they’d be willing to work with a designer etc. It’s also important to ask for a portfolio and references regarding past homes they’ve built.
Don’t leave out any questions you’d like answered and don’t be afraid to take notes at the same time. This way you’ll be able to compare the answers from builder to builder. Information that you should take note of includes a sample budget, invoicing details, a construction schedule and how the work is guaranteed.
You’ll be working hand in hand with your custom home builder for several months so it’s important that you get along and can discuss things openly and freely. If you get a bad feeling about somebody early on perhaps you should simply move on. Remember, this is your custom home that’s being discussed and built and it’s likely going to be the biggest investment you make in your life. It’s worth taking the time to make sure you’re comfortable with the builder and their skills.
This person is going to take all of your plans and ideas and turn them into reality and you’ll have to live with the outcome. This is why finding the right custom home builder can be such a difficult and pressure-filled decision. The builder should have a history of beautiful homes and happy customers behind them. In addition, if a builder has been in business for quite some time they’ve likely been doing something right from day one. They also likely know how to handle any problems that may arise.
Check Custom Home Builder References & Reviews
If the builder has a solid reputation in the community and their references are happy with their work then you’re on the right track. It’s also important the builder has a strong network of reliable vendors and subcontractors to work with as this will result in top-quality construction methods. Real estate agents can also be a good source of referrals.
Be sure not to cut any corners when seeking a reliable custom home builder. They should be able to analyze your engineering and architectural plans and make sure any potential problems are discussed and resolved before going any further. Good builders are up to date with the best materials and building methods needed for a quality home.
Many custom home builders today are design-build contractors, meaning that they handle the entire home building process from design to build and can help streamline the entire process for you.
A home builder needs to make sure everybody working on the project is in sync at all times, much like the conductor of an orchestra. Everything from the bidding process to the pre-construction paperwork to the actual construction needs to run smoothly. And once you’ve moved into your new home, the commitment from your builder shouldn’t end as they should stand behind their work with a warranty on materials and workmanship.
Overall, you deserve full access to information from all custom home builders needed to help you make an informed decision.
About Novacon Construction
Novacon construction is a custom home builder in Toronto. We offer a design-build and customer friendly approach to the home building process which results in a more streamlined and less stressful home building experience.
If you have any questions about custom home building please feel free to contact us for more information at Novacon Construction Inc.
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