Sunday, March 7, 2010

Selecting A Builder For Your Asheville Home

After working with many homeowners who are in the middle of selections regarding their new homes while making choices for their custom closets, I have some advice for selecting a builder. When you are ready to start your process for building a new home or remodel project keep these tips in mind for selecting a builder. Your home building experience will be happier if you select wisely.

Interview several builders when considering who you want to build your home. You will be spending several months to two years with the builder and you need to get along well. You want someone who is going to respond to your calls and requests with respect. Be cautious of a low-bid, remember the rule "You get what you pay for"!

Find builders that have experience constructing the size and style of home that you prefer - familiarity is good. We have excellent builders in the Asheville Area - check the Asheville Home Builders Association Directory or the Western North Carolina Green Building Council for a directory of Green Builders.

Ask for referrals from friends and neighbors who have recently built homes in Asheville - a happy client is good business.  These referrals will be strong sources as they have successfully completed the process and will also have advice for you.

The method of payment for the builders can vary - some have fixed pricing while others work on a percentage markup, this can make a big difference depending on how well you make decisions and your budget.

Many builders in Western North Carolina are offering bonus services now - like working closely with Architects or have design/build firms and some are offering design consultation as part of their home package.

It is reasonable to check backgrounds, Better Business Bureau, Home Builders Associations Affiliations, Banks and Insurance documents to confirm that your builder choice is sound in business. This checklist might be helpful as well.

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