You have decided to hire a builder to build your home. Whether this is your first home or just your first time building, you may not know where to start. You may have been looking at pictures of perfect homes, clipping images out of design magazines for elements you want in your home, and now you want to make your dreams a reality, but are not sure how to do it. The first step is to find a quality professional to build your home. Included below are some basic tips and guidelines on how to find the right contractor for the job.

First, you will want to visit several model homes and new home showcases to see for yourself the work of the different types of building contractors you might consider hiring. Even the most experienced custom builders have specialties, and some contractors who custom build homes are likely to have more experience with certain elements of home design that you prefer than others will. Ask any potential building contractors about their experience with particular elements you want in your home and determine whether the builder you are selecting has specific experience with this type of project.

Second, get referrals from friends and family who have had their homes built. If someone you trust has worked with a particular building contractor in the past and had a positive experience with them, ask that friend or family member whether they would do business with them again and what specifically they liked about that particular contractor.

Third, using online resources, you can and should check the business's reputation. If the online reviews of the contractor are positive, you might consider checking with national homebuilders associations online to see whether the contractor you are considering holds any additional accreditations or certifications. For example, if you are meticulous about the type of roof you want built on your home, check and see if the contractor you have your eye on holds any specific roofing certifications or has won any awards.

Fourth, get all contracts, subcontracts, guarantees and warranties in writing. No matter how trustworthy you believe the contractor to be, make sure that any time an agreement is made, specific terms are written down and signed. If the contractor will not provide a written agreement for any work done, regardless of scope, be very wary of conducting business with them.

If you have determined that you are going to hire a builder to build your home, you want to make sure that you hire the right contractor. Whether this is your first time building or your first time owning your own home, you want it to be perfect and choosing the right builder is the best way to get the home that you have been dreaming of.

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