What’s the best way to select a builder for your custom dream home?
The internet provides a lot of information about building a custom home, and researching builders online is a great place to start. But creating a successful partnership with your builder has a lot to do with personal chemistry as well: do they listen? Do they communicate well? Do you feel comfortable putting your vision for your dream home in their hands?
The best way to find out if an Iowa custom home builder is right for you is to schedule an initial consultation. An initial consultation is free, takes about an hour, and will save you hours of online research. Think of it as a first date – chances are good that you will know instantly if this is the right builder for you.
Here are a few things that you will learn about your builder during an initial consultation that you can’t learn online:
Communication: Walk through a home currently in process with your builder. Is your builder helpful, friendly, and patient? Do they answer your questions, explain things clearly, and communicate in a respectful way? Can they explain their building process in a way that is easy to understand? A builder who communicates well can save you time, money, and stress during the process of building your home.
Materials: When you build an Iowa custom home, you have the ability to select from an unlimited number of materials and options. However every custom home builder will have recommendations based on their existing vendor relationships, knowledge of current materials pricing and availability, and expertise about how specific design selections impact budget, timeframe, and other aspects of the build. Are you comfortable with your builder’s recommendations? Does he offer alternatives that make sense for your budget and your vision? Is it a collaborative process?
Design: The primary advantage of building a custom home over a production home is that your builder is a yes man. Need a bigger master closet? Yes. Need 4 skylights in the hall? Yes. Want a luxurious master suite with fireplace, sitting area, and oversized soaking tub? Yes, yes, yes. During your initial consultation, share your vision with your builder. Is he a yes man, or are you getting a lot of pushback on your vision? When something is not possible due to land, code, budget or other factors, does you builder proactively look for ways to make it happen? Do you feel like you have a partner who understands your vision?
Whether your timeframe for building a custom home is 30 days or 3 months, begin the process of interviewing potential custom home builders in person, and on-site, as early as possible. A builder who looks great online may or may not be a good fit for your specific situation. Establishing a connection with the right home builder for your dream home early can help you save time and money during all phases of building your dream home, including buying land, financing, floor plan selection, materials selection and more.
At Castle Pointe Homes, we invite you to schedule an on-site initial consultation at one of our current homes under construction. We can walk you through the home, explain our process, and discuss your vision for the home of your dreams.
Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.