While there are plenty of great builders out there, it can still be a challenge to find and properly deal with a good builder. As we are inching toward the Street of Dreams, we thought it would be a great idea to share some great tips and tricks to consider while finding the perfect builder for you and your family. If you're working with a great builder, they will likely have awesome recommendations for good interior design teams too! After reading these tips and tricks, we are sure you'll have all of the necessary first steps to take to hire on a builder and design team that will help make your custom home or home renovation dreams come true!
Find The Best Builder For You
Before choosing a builder, we highly recommend to select around three of the best builders in your area and interview them. Selecting these builders can be based off of many things, but a couple of great indicators are online reviews and recommendations from friends and family. After interviewing each, and finding out about certifications, skill-sets, etc., you can choose the one you are most comfortable with. Don’t just go for the builder with the lowest quote!
Get An Accurate Quote For Your Upcoming Home Project
Speaking of quotes, it is very important to get estimations and exact quotes about how much a project will cost! That means that you need to be very transparent with exactly what you and your family wants and needs out of the project. Once you've been completely transparent with your builder, you can confidently ask for the detailed breakdown of the quote.
Your House, Your Rules
People are going to be in and out of your house for weeks while working on it, so you need to set some ground rules for them. Some things to consider outlining for your builders and design team are whether or not the builder and his workers can use your bathrooms or kitchen, and if the build site needs to be cleaned up at the end of each day. It is also important to think of your neighbors, so let them know that there could be a lot of noise, and set volume limits for work site music and start and end times for each day.
Check Up On Contract And Insurance
Getting everything in writing is essential, so that you and your builder are both on the same page, as far as what work should be done and how much it will cost. It also establishes contingencies or special scenarios, and how much the builders will get paid. Ask to see the builder’s insurance and certifications and make sure they will still be in effect for the duration of the project. It's better to play it safe than to be sorry, right?!
Don't Be Overbearing
One of the most important things to remember about working with a builder has nothing to do with the builder themselves, but with you! While it is your house that is being worked on, and you want the project to be done as quickly and safely as possible, you have to be reasonable with your builder. While it is good to check up on the project, try to be out of the house or in a different room when they are working, rather than hovering over their shoulder the entire time. When the builder does not want to work on a certain day due to extreme weather, don’t make them work! Not only is that unsafe, but it is a poor use of time. If you treat them well, they may even want to give you a better deal on your build!
Armed with the above knowledge, you should be able to go out and search for a builder, whether you're building a custom home from the ground up or doing a remodel in your existing home. If you don't have any upcoming building plans, share this information with a friend who does!
Also, if you have any upcoming home projects, there is an awesome opportunity for you to go see some fabulous homes from local Portland builders and designers - the Street of Dreams opens on July 26! Get all of the necessary information here.