If you have decided that you want to have a home built, one thing that you will have to do is choose a builder. Below are six tips that you can use in helping you find the right home builder for your project.

Figure out a Budget

Before you think about choosing your builder, you’ll need to know the amount of money you will be working with. Reputable builders are going to discuss the budget and they’ll let you know the amount of home you’ll be able to get for your budget.

Figure out What Home Style You want?

When you dream about your perfect home, how do you picture it? Do you want traditional or contemporary? Figuring out the style you want can help you to choose the builder as some of them will specialize in particular types of homes. Do you want a custom or production home? When you’re working with a builder of production homes, it’s possible to choose from a variety of different set plans. When you want it built to your specifications, you are going to work a lot closer with the builder on the home’s details, such as customized designs and upgrades, so that the home’s truly yours.

Create a Builder List

Research your local builders or contact the local builders association so that you can get a builder list who are constructing houses in the area. Talk to relatives and friends about who they have used. You can also speak with lenders, code inspectors, and realtors. They can give you some insight on the builders in your area. Another way that you can get some feedback is through social media.

Ask Questions

After you have a list of 2-3 builders, you want to begin asking questions. You want to take some time and become familiar with the potential builders before you sign your contract. This can help you with ensuring a positive experience. Below are some good questions to ask.

  • Are you insured and license?
  • How many years’ experience do you have?
  • Who are your subcontractors?
  • How many years have the subcontractors been in their business?
  • What’s included in the price?
  • Can you give me references?
  • Can I visit one of the homes that you have built?

Ask for Quotes and Then Compare the Quotes

Choosing your builder sole based on the price is a huge mistake that you can make when you are building your home. After you’ve gotten some quotes, make sure that you are spending time and comparing them. The builder should give you some specific details about what you’re getting for the money.

Believe Your Instincts

Your relationship with the builder is going to help with determining the experience that you have when building your home. Be sure that you’re comfortable asking questions and communicating with them through the whole process. You should be feeling confident and trust in the builder. Not only that but if your builder seems to be uncomfortable openly speaking with you, you may want to choose someone else.

These are the things that you can do to help you find the right home builder. The biggest thing that you want to do is feel comfortable and confident with them. If you don’t, chances are that your guts are telling you something and you should look elsewhere.

About the Expert


Chris van Emmerik got his start in the construction industry as a carpenter in the custom home industry in 1982 and worked with some of the finest craftsmen in the field for 10 years. In 1992 he formed Van Emmerik Construction, and later began to specialize in custom home building. The company quickly built a reputation for value, craftsmanship and its dedication to communication with clients. It rebranded as Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc. in 2012 to more clearly reflect its focus on high-end luxury home building. Chris personally oversees every aspect of every project and every client enjoys cell phone access to him for questions and ideas that occur outside of a 9-to-5 workday. A complete custom home builder and Certified Building Contractor, Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc. is located at 5621 Strand Blvd., Suite 114 in Naples, Florida and can be reached at (239) 825-5643. Visitvanemmerikcustomhomes.com for more information.

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