What type of Builder are you looking for?

If you think choosing the first one you meet is the best way to find your builder, you may be unfortunately mistaken.

There are many builders out there and each will tell you they are very different from the rest but the reality is that only some have a defined style or niche in the market. Ask your builder to define their market niche. While the price point is important, it isn't necessarily a niche nor is it a style. If you don't know what kind of builder you need, don't settle. Why would you settle when you are going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars? So what kind of builders are there you ask? Let's look.

First thing, you are hiring someone to do a job and while it is critical you like and trust them, this is no time to be a guinea pig for a new company looking for their first client. The liability far outweighs the risks. You are hiring an employee, you are not making friends, although this could be a by-product. At the end of the day, you are going to hire a person to do a job. Having previously built a home similar to what you are asking for is a huge bonus. They need to have all the basics, Registered Contractor with the state of Idaho, insured, bonded, and all other legal matters in order. Do they have certifications or proof that they stay current with building codes and trends? If you were going to hire a computer guy wouldn't you want someone who understands the latest software?

What about your home? Is it on a slope? Do you want a daylight basement? Don't let a builder tell you that a home on a slope is no different than a home on a flat lot.

One of the most critical elements of finding a builder is someone who has the same value orientation as you. That means if you are a best-in-class kind of person, you would not do well with someone known for keeping things under a certain budget. If you are willing to pay for the best, you don't want someone who is going to buy the cheapest options they can find.  On the other hand, if you are a best total solution kind of person, you would frown on the builder if they special order lights when you can run to Lowes, where lights are on sale.

Lastly, many times we are more comfortable working with someone who is just like us. Hiring someone to build a home may be the exception. So what kind of builder are you looking for? Energy Star, LEED new and innovative or someone with solid experience? Think about who would do the best job, not whom you like the best, necessarily.

Trey Langford

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