Country Minute: Choosing the right builder for your home 
3/8/2022
Brent Voss, GreenStone Vice President of Lending 
GreenStone Country Minute
 

 

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to build a home. You’re going to select exactly how you want it to look, from the overall architectural structure to the knobs on your kitchen cupboards. Now comes the difficult part – who will be with you every step of the way?  

 

With GreenStone, you’ve already chosen the right lending partner. Now let’s look at the most important questions to ask when choosing your builder. 

 

Who do you know? 
Although you can always investigate through relatives and friends when selecting a builder, don’t hesitate to shoot for your ideal. What homes do you admire? What’s happening in your area? Go ahead and ask people in person, on your community message boards, and in your neighborhood who they would recommend. If you keep hearing the same names repeatedly, take the time to do a little research and see how they’re conducting their business. Once you do contact someone, you can always ask for references. 

 

How much do they cost? 
There’s no point in getting too invested until you’re sure your budget and the builder’s services match. Some builders work on starter or first-time buyer homes, some in the mid-range pricing, and some in the high-range price point. Target a builder who specializes in the same kind of project you are looking for. Plus, you should work with them on a warranty that also makes sense for you. 

 

What kind of style do you want? 
If you have a particular type of home in mind, you may want to aim for someone with experience in that style of home. 

 

After researching, you’ll know what kind of homes your builder specializes in. All builders should be comfortable with you touring past homes. You can really get a feel for the house and the builder once you’re standing inside it by looking at the bones of the structural support, quality of craftmanship in the trim, and special touches in the finishes used.  

 

What kind of working relationship works for you? 
Are you the kind of person who wants to be on site talking things over with the builder, maybe even getting your hands dirty, or are you the kind who prefers a hands-off approach? Based on your answer, you’ll know how to proceed with the builder you wish to choose. 

 

You’re also going to want someone who you’re comfortable with, so discuss these items with your builder so you are on the same page before the building process starts. 

 

Overall, the right builder for you will be able to deliver what you want, for the price that works for you, and give you the level of service you are after. Once you select your builder, that’s one step closer to building and living in the home you have always dreamed of. 
 

 

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