Interviewing A New Home Builder - Secrets From The Inside
If you're thinking about building a home, one of the
first things you're going to need to do is find a reputable home
builder. This isn't as hard as you think, but you had better plan on
spending some time, before making your final decision.
I've been building homes for years and would like to share a secret with you from the inside. Most new home builders are looking for reputable contractors, with out realizing that these contractors are looking for reputable clients. In other words, the contractors whose planning on building your home might not be interested in working for you, at all.
As you're interviewing home builders, plan on them interviewing you. It doesn't take me long to figure out if someone's going to be a big problem to work with. If you've given as many estimates as I have, you learn to read people like a book. People reveal clues about themselves all day long and they're easy to spot if you know what you're looking for.
One time I was talking to a client and it slipped out, that they didn't have any extra time for me to call them during the week. Any decisions that would need to be made couldn't be made until the weekend. This could have been a nightmare for any contractor who took the job.
Another time I was talking to a homeowner who mentioned someone living on their property, who had a violent temper. It's hard enough to build the home, let alone having someone attack you regularly, while you're working.
If you're serious about building a home and looking for a contractor, remember, you're not going to be the only one doing the interviewing.