Choosing a Builder
Selecting a builder is a matter of weighing reputation, quality, price and relationship or fit between you and your builder. It requires a little time and research.
However, there are many resources at your command:
- Check the builder’s work. Call references and ask questions. How did the builder handle problems? How is the quality of the home? How was the relationship – professional, friendly? Are service and maintenance issues addressed and explained? Many people have experience with different builders; how did the experience compare with other building projects? Inspect the builder’s work. Is the builder willing to make site visits with you, sit down and discuss their practices and standards? Have you had the chance to look at work under construction? Will the builder be there in the future to address warranty and service needs on the home?
- Use third party resources. In today’s technology environment, it is possible to use a number of resources on the internet. First, check for complaints with the state licensing body (in Virginia the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, www.dpor.virginia.gov), where you can enter the builder’s name or license number and see any filings or complaints. Other resources include online reviews, Facebook, the Better Business Bureau. Yes, sometimes there are unfair reports or isolated complaints, but these resources can help you establish a pattern of builder performance through publicly available resources.
- Use and gain knowledge. Ask questions and get answers. Almost every aspect, component and product, every phase of work can vary in quality, practice or method from one builder to the next. From the foundation to the roof, inside and out, various builders do some things differently. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you are satisfied that you have answers you understand.
- Finally, use your intuition and judgment. Perhaps the most important tool, your common sense, intuition about people and judgement help you determine whether you are dealing with a builder who has experience and honest business practices. Typically, you will meet several times before signing a contract. By that point, you should have a good idea of whether you are comfortable with the builder. Designing and building a custom home can take upwards of a year, and you want to be confident that you are working with a company and people you can trust to build your home.
Cost are directly related to quality and the specifications of what goes in a home. In short, you get what you pay for – and you should get what you pay for. At Battlefield, we expect to have detailed conversations with you about the quality, features and options that go into your home so you can understand and evaluate what you are getting for your money.
What is the best way to evaluate builder quotes on your home?
Some use square foot pricing to determine the best deal and choose the lowest price. And that would be the best answer, given one thing: all else being equal. The problem is that all else is never equal because different builders include different features as standard. You must evaluate the builder’s standard specifications that are included in the price of the home and ensure that the home you are getting is both complete and of a quality that makes sense for the price you pay.
We are confident in our standards, and this is one of the points we take great pride in – discussing these questions with you and reviewing the features that will go into your finished home. Windows, doors, cabinets and all of the other finish items are what you see. But what you don’t see is equally as important to building a home of a quality that will perform well and stand up to the test of time.
Explore our website, call and ask questions, make an appointment and come sit down with us for a few minutes to discuss what you want. Look at our reputation, our homes, our quality and our price. Having been in business for close to 25 years, we pride ourselves on the most important part – building a relationship with you that results in a quality home that fits your lifestyle, and a relationship that would lead you to choose us as your builder again.
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