Let’s talk about building. But let’s not talk about where, when, or what you want to build. Makes sense, right? Actually, it makes more sense than you think. Stay with me.
The most important factor in making sure the where, when, what, and how go smoothly is making sure you pick the right who. Because picking the right builder isn’t just another decision in the process – it’s the decision that will make or break the process altogether.
The right builder is the builder who is working long before any building begins. They are taking care of the less obvious, yet critical things like dirt work, plumbing, slab work, concrete, foundations, and all of the things that may never be seen but will definitely be noticed if not done well.
Finding the right builder
So now … how? How do you know when you’ve found the right one or how do you even begin the process of looking? Before you ever meet and shake hands with any prospective builder, there are several factors you can investigate to help you narrow down the choices.
- Look for a company with an established history. A company who wows you with their low prices or by being the new name in town may not be all they seem. Companies stay in business for many years and through multiple generations because they have earned a solid reputation and repeat business by treating people well and doing quality work.
- Talk to people. Talk to former and current clients of the builder. Talk to their suppliers and their subcontractors. These are the people who know the way the company does business and if they are fair and responsible. If they have not built a quality reputation with the majority of them, you have cause for concern.
- Determine if their capabilities and experience match your needs. Do they specialize in a specific type of construction? Or are they general contractors who do a little bit of everything? Depending on what you are building, the company’s project history and areas of expertise make a difference in the outcome.
Once you’ve narrowed down the best candidates, asking the right questions can help you further refine the decision making process.