You’ll spend years in your newly built custom home. You’ll grow your family there, you’ll entertain there, and you’ll rest there. We estimate that you’ll likely spend at least a third of your life at home, so it should be built to the highest possible standard (not to mention the outlay of money, time and patience). Otherwise, little ‘issues’ that bother you at the start, will become huge irritants over time…
If you’re about to embark on your custom home-building journey, you’ll want to assess the following before appointing the right builder, remembering that with custom home building ‘done’ is NOT better than ‘perfect’.
High-quality custom builders have:
Experience: They will have years of industry experience and a track record of successful projects and satisfied clients. In some cases (like us!) they will even have repeat clients. Experience provides a wealth of knowledge and helps builders navigate any challenges that arise. ‘Fresh’ is rarely best when it comes to custom home building.
Attention to Detail: A high-quality custom builder pays attention to the small details. They understand that every single element of your home is critical and that the little things have a significant impact on the overall finished product. Choose someone who ‘sweats the small stuff’.
Transparency and Communication: They will be transparent about the costs, timeline, and any potential issues with your project. Listen to them carefully. Pay attention to how much detail they provide you in their ‘pitch’ / proposal. You want them to cover all bases and beyond, and to draw attention to any issues they immediately see in your plans or with your block. If they provide recommendations/feedback on the plans – this is a good sign. It means they value the industry, the project, and your time.
A high-quality custom builder is not going to push you towards signing a contract. Rather, they will push you towards having a full understanding of what will be involved.
Quality Materials and Craftsmanship: They use first-class materials and employ skilled craftspeople who take pride in their work. Quality materials and craftsmanship ensure that your project will stand the test of time. Ask them the question – “How long has your extended trades team been with you?” And “Do you know all of them by name?”
Industry Knowledge and Accreditation: A high-quality custom builder will have a strong understanding of industry trends and regulations. They will be accredited through industry associations, demonstrating their commitment to upholding standards and best practices.
To end, a high-quality custom builder will have a long list of satisfied clients who are more than happy to recommend them, and, a queue/pipeline of ‘new clients’.
If they (the customer builder) are available to start tomorrow or next month, you should question why.
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