All home builders once built their first home. Many new home building companies started by experienced veterans or were started by the next generation of family builders. So never overly discount a new firm, especially if they have seasoned pros, look to strong experience and signs of a good builder
There are many signs of a good builder.
- They are busy:If your home builder has no work ask yourself why? There may be reasons, but this is a sign that maybe they are not a good builder. A good builder is busy in tough times and good times. They have a reputation that clients have come to appreciate and refer to friends and family, making a good builder active in good times and bad.
- Not too busy though:The current work that a builder is working on should take priority over new work, even you. Going to the end of the queue is not a sign of a bad builder but a good one. Be patient and expect that there may be delays on projects before yours. However, a builder with a professional reputation keeps people informed and works to commitments.
- Is your prospective builder on time:A builder who is respectful of your time at this early stage will likely be respectful of your time later in the process. Meaning that a deadline is essential to them. If it is essential now, it will be essential later.
- Are they a fit personallyWhen working with a builder, ensure your personalities fit. This isn't the be all and the end all but should be taken into consideration. When you discuss building your home, change the subject and discuss something other than the home. If they can hold a conversation with you in regards to something other than home building this may help indicate that they have the right personality for you.
- Tells it like it is.Straight talk is critical when building a home. Work with a builder that will tell you what you may not want to hear. If your budget isn't enough or your deadlines are too tight, or your ideas are unrealistic, don't take it as an indication of a bad home builder. This should be an indication that you have the right builder. Some builders will agree with everything you say just to get the work. However, this will lead to major issues down the line. Get a builder who practices straight talk. It is an indication of integrity and honesty. This is what you want in a home builder.
- An ideas personHome builders can follow blueprints but can they provide ideas for you to make your dream home a reality. If they are full of good ideas and practical advice, they are a keeper.
- They have a brandYou have to dress the part to plan the part. Does the builder have a brand - website, social media, vehicles branded, business cards and other branding elements? If not, are they here to stay or are they here for a quick dollar and gone.
- Are they reputable?Do they belong to the Regina Home Builder Association?
- Don't make it a random choice.Inspect their show home. Find out who else has built with them and call them to discuss their experience.
- Answers your callsWe are all busy, and builders are no exception. When in the "honeymoon stage" of the home building purchase do they promptly return your calls. If you are chasing them for something, do they return their calls? Mose builders will answer their phone the first time you call but if you are chasing them for something do they return your call or are you constantly chasing. If they don't return your calls, likely they are not interested in your home or have poor customer service. Either way, this is a sign they may not be right for you.