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How do I choose a builder???

Posted by AIMEE FREEMAN on January 21, 2009 at 09:30 am

Simply research the builders back ground. Check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau), local Home Builders Association or the National Association of Home Builders and hire a qualified Realtor® like Team Freeman, who is an expert in the home building industry and how to research the builders back ground.

Also, ask the builder to provide a list of past customers that had good experiences and bad experiences. For the customers that did not have the best experience find out if builder came back and took care of their problems after the fact. Find out what type of warranty program they carry. You will want to make sure the warranty is through a large insurance company with a great reputation. The minimum recommendations for warranties are a 10 year structural and a 2 year mechanical with a one year fit and finish. In addition, to the standard builder warranty find out what manufacture warranties come with the home.

Get a list of what subcontractors the builder is using and make sure they are licensed, insured and bonded. Check with the local Home Builders Association and the BBB for the reputation of the subcontractors. Find out if the builder allows the customer to hire a 3rd party home inspector to look out for their best interest during the building process. Majority of builders who permit their customers to hire a home inspector have nothing to hide and want to do the right thing and build the home the right way. Keep in mind building a home is not a perfect process, there will be mistakes and repairs that need to be done during the process.

All in all by doing this research ahead of time will assure the future home owner that if a mistake happens they will have a piece of mind knowing the builder will come back to fix the problem.

We look forward to representing you in 2009!

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