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Finding the Right Builder

Finding the right builder is just as important as finding the right house plan since it's your builder's expertise that will be responsible for constructing your dream home. Even before you purchase your house plans, it's a good idea to start looking for a builder to ensure that the house plan you eventually purchase fits your lot and budget.

Once you've selected your home plans, you'll need to find a qualified and trusted builder to build your dream home. There are a lot of resources to use like your local National Association of Home Builders and doing online searches on sites like Houzz, and you can also use our Builder Directory to find builders who have already built homes from our house plans.

Here are some important considerations as you begin your search for the right builder:

Look for builders who are experienced in building the type of home you're looking for in your price range. Find out what the builders you're interviewing typically build

Make sure that your builder is licensed in your local area to help with obtaining necessary permits to build your home.

Find out how long the builder has been in business in your area so that you know they are well established and familiar with local building codes. Be sure to ask them how many houses they build each year.

Referrals are key, especially if you can get them from family, friends and neighbors so you can see the home firsthand and ask about any challenges they may have incurred during the home building process. If you don't personally know anyone who has had a home built, ask your builder for the addresses of homes they have recently built to do a drive-by to see their completed work.

Check out regional home shows and local open houses that are sponsored by builders so you can really preview their work and meet with them. Be sure to observe the quality of construction features like cabinetry, flooring, millwork, windows and doors.

Find if the potential buildeer has won any builder awards and/or are members of any organizations like the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Make sure that the construction contract is easy to read and that you understand every aspect of it. A confusing contract is a red flag. Also make sure that a work guarantee is stipulated in the contract for any issues that may arise after you move in.

Having an organizer binder will help keep all aspects of the home building process well organized. A lot of research will go into building your new home including having a detailed budget to help keep your construction costs under control. Check out your free budget worksheets in your dashboard and start planning your new home today!