The dream of every aspiring homeowner is to hire a skilled and qualified custom home builder. However, this is not always the case. People make some avoidable mistakes during the hiring process. This article discusses the four preventable errors that people make when contracting home builders.
Choosing The Builder With The Least Experience
In some sensitive sectors such as building and construction, experience is everything. Unfortunately, since many factors affect the hiring process, many clients choose the least experienced custom home builder.
That said, references from builders provide insight into previous projects while also allowing you to question company values, customer service, experience in craftsmanship, and problem-solving abilities. So be wary of home builders who can only offer you one or two client names as references; instead, choose the contractor with a host of reliable connections.
Failing To Contact The References
Even when provided with the list of clients, most clients do not contact them. And when they do, they are not interrogative enough. To avoid making this mistake, ask the references as many open-ended questions as possible.
Such questions provide an in-depth insight into the customer’s experience, unlike the yes or no questions, which are less informative. Inquire about communication, punctuality, cleanliness, and post-construction support, among other things.
Failing To Check Their Credentials
You will be surprised to realize that some people do not check the home builder’s credentials. Instead, they believe the builder’s word of mouth. However, you shouldn’t accept a custom house builder’s word regarding critical issues like their credentials and licenses.
The home builders should freely and openly display their licenses and credentials to their clients. If not, you should demand to verify their credibility. You should also check on the awards to be sure their excellent work is recognizable in the market.
Not Reading The Negative Reviews
Sometimes positive reviews are easy to get and may not depict the truth. Everyone will get at least one five-star consumer.
However, it’s difficult to leave a bad rating, but there must be a serious dissatisfaction with the reviewer when it happens. Therefore, both the positive and negative reviews are critical as they reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the custom home builder.
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