How to prepare for meeting a custom builder? The top 5 tips
First meeting with the home builder is really important as you come to conclusions regarding many critical aspects of your dream home. Be prepared and talk with specific goals in mind. Meet all the shortlisted builders with these aspects to finalize your building partner.
1.Explore all the local builders Do thorough research on the works of all the local builders. Try to have a deeper understanding of their working style and attitude towards the customer. .Study their websites .Visit other finished projects nearby . Talk to their old clients to take a word of mouth feedback . Check whether they have delivered homes similar to your proposed one . How do their homes look like after 8- 12 years? . Are they good at providing extended support? . Demand a detailed project report (include cost, time, challenges, their special services, how they can be different, etc.)
2. Throw questions and your expectations Throw all your concerns to the builder as you talk and make him clear about your expectations. Do not be stubborn with your concepts. Be flexible, as the builder can help you take better decisions from his experience. Draft a list questions like, . How long it will take to finish? . What are the other costs involved? . How often meetings are held? . Quality of materials and machinery used? . Extended support facilities?
3. Give him a clear idea Pick out pictures or take him to any nearby place to show what exactly you want. Sharing visuals can help the builder to gain a clear understanding of your exact requirements. The Internet can help you a lot regarding the same. Make use of the Pinterest boards or any other online options to make him understand what you are looking for or really close to that.
4. Check with the provided references Ask for at least four references, two old and two new. Find some time to go there and have a short interaction with his previous clients. Take proper feedback and also give a detailed eye to their living spaces. Enquire to these customers about the durability, transparency of the builder's working procedure, response time, ability to stay within the budget, and providing realistic estimates.
5. Enquire about the unique aspects Ask the builder about his unique aspects of building homes. Try to take a tour to visit any of his ongoing projects to have a better understanding of his working procedure. Know more about his craftsmanship and feel satisfied before handling the project. Take care and think twice before finalizing the building partner as homes are meant for a happy living, lifelong!