Building a home is the most important investment you are ever going to make. Sure, you may have other key investments. But, unlike those, your home is the backdrop to your life. This is the place where you will spend time with family, unwind, and savor precious time away from the pressures of day-to-day life. That’s why it’s critical to select the home builder who’s right for you – a builder who will help you achieve your vision and exceed your expectations.
Follow these six rules to select the builder that’s right for you:
Get recommendations. Ask for referrals from reputable real estate agents who are well acquainted with the area and request a list of builders from the National Association of Home Builders. Talk to friends who are happy with the builders they chose.
Know what you want and then identify builders who can create that. Are you looking for a home that is designed to meet your specific needs now and in the future? If that’s the case, then the home builder you select must also assist you in defining the vision you have for your home. If you need some inspiration to create your vision, designyourownhome.com can help; so can Toll Brothers Design Corner.
Research financial stability. You don’t want to hire a builder that doesn’t have a solid financial history. If your builder becomes unstable, it will be time-consuming and challenging to recover your investment, and could impact home warranties and decrease the value of your new home.
Check credentials. What is their BBB rating? Have they received industry recognition? What are their professional affiliations? Once you’ve narrowed down which builders you think are best, visit neighborhoods they’ve recently developed and ask residents for their opinions.
Identify how they measure customer satisfaction. If you don’t get a definitive answer, that’s a red flag.For instance, a Toll Brothers construction manager walks customers through a nine-page, 360-point checklist to make sure every aspect of their new home meets expectations.
Find out their commitment to the environment. Do they make an effort to preserve natural beauty and incorporate existing trees, hills, and waterways? What kind of green products and technologies do they use? Are they affiliated with organizations like the National Wildlife Federation or Audubon Society? When builders go the extra mile to ensure the homes they build have the smallest environmental footprint possible, you pay less in utility bills and enjoy surroundings that keep their appeal for years to come.
View all posts in this series
- How to Make the Perfect Home-Builder Match - May 1, 2012
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 1: Quality of Construction - March 11, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 2: Best Neighborhoods - April 8, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 3: The ability to really personalize the home - May 16, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 4: Your New Home Gives You Freedom! - June 11, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 5: The Best Living Spaces - July 15, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 6: Energy Efficiency - August 12, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 7: Architecture and Design - September 16, 2013
- What to Look for in a Home Builder – Part 8: Summary - October 14, 2013
- Toll Brothers Named #1 Home Builder in Fortune Magazine 2016 Survey of World’s Most Admired Companies Ranks #6 Among All 1,500 Companies in Survey for Quality of Products/Services - March 11, 2016