The importance of choosing the right homebuilder for your project can’t be overstated. Unlike a general contractor, your homebuilder will be involved in every facet of the process, so you want to establish a great working relationship and an open line of communication right up front. Here are some of the top tips for choosing a homebuilder:
Ask family members, neighbors and friends for recommendations.
Personal recommendations are usually candid, so you’ll have an excellent starting point if someone you trust suggests a homebuilder. Even getting a negative recommendation is useful because you’ll know whom not to pursue.
Landmark Custom Homes gets much of our business through word of mouth and personal recommendations. That kind of trust and confidence only comes about because Landmark makes sure that the experience of building a custom home is always positive.
Check out the homebuilder’s reputation.
Find out how long your builder has been in business and how many homes they’ve built. Trusted, well-established homebuilders have excellent resources and can help you value engineer the entire project, so you get the most from your money. That’s a huge advantage no matter what the budget.
Rick Bell, the president of Landmark Custom Homes, has been in business for over 20 years and has built hundreds of extraordinary homes throughout South Florida. We have also established strong relationships with the area’s premier architects, interior designers and suppliers, enabling us to turn every client’s dream home into a reality.
Get references from homebuilders.
Before selecting a homebuilder, contact a few of his references to find out how happy they were with the quality of workmanship, the professionalism of the subcontractors, and if the home was built on time and on budget. If you can see the finished homes, even better.
Landmark Custom Homes will provide a list of former clients who will be happy to share their custom homebuilding experiences with you. In the meantime, feel free to read some of their candid remarks regarding our company.
Be sure that the homebuilder can construct the home you have in mind.
A homebuilder may claim that he can build anything, but if you want a very specific style of home, make sure that the builder can deliver it. If you’re looking for a French country-style house and the homebuilder primarily constructs contemporary urban homes, the relationship may not be ideal.
Through our established relationships with South Florida’s leading architects, Landmark Custom Homes has built custom homes of every imaginable style and size. To see a sampling of our finished projects, go to our gallery.
Consider the intangibles that the homebuilders bring to the table.
Will they offer creative suggestions to make your dream home even better? Are they open to your ideas? Can you easily communicate with them? Are your personalities compatible? Building a home is a complicated process, so the better the fit between the homebuilder and the owner, the better the completed project.
Landmark Custom Homes takes that concept one step further by assembling a team of the best suppliers and trade partners, working in harmony to build your custom home. It’s a process, and it only works with everyone on the same page, openly communicating with the same goal in mind.
Get a detailed estimate from your top choice.
Before you commit to a homebuilder, get an estimate that outlines exactly what work is to be done, the materials to be used, the start and completion dates, how and when the homebuilder will be paid, and all the details regarding every other aspect of the project. If you’re confused, ask for clarification. Every step should be transparent and easy to understand.
Landmark Custom Homes will not only provide you with a detailed estimate, but also creative ways to value engineer your project so it can be built within budget. Bringing us in at the start of the project, to work hand-in-hand with your architect, helps to eliminate financial surprises and ensure that the architect’s plans and your budget are in line.