1.  Can You Really Afford to Build?

Get a construction mortgage preapproval by a mortgage lender before you begin this process. It confirms your budget and your financial credibility to builders and realtors.

2. Identify Your Needs.

Decide what type of home you want and need and how much you want to spend. Most builders “specialize” to some degree and may build in a certain price range or type of home. Are you a first time home buyer, a move-up, an empty-nester or finally building the custom home of your dreams? Whichever category you’re in, search for builders who fit your specific needs.

3. Be Clear!

You want to compare builders and what they can offer so be as clear as you can with what you want from them. If you really want hard wood floors, or an all season sunroom, but you neglect to mention that, your prospective builder won’t be able to provide you with the information you need.

4. Look for Experience.

How long has the company been in business? How long has its principals been building homes? It’s important to choose a builder who’s a seasoned professional. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what they’ve done in the past.



RWC Note: Did you know that Builders approved by RWC are evaluated in part on their experience? If your Builder is an RWC Member, we’ve done some of the legwork for you already.



5. What’s Their “Happy Homeowners” Quotient?

If you decide to build in a community, ask the neighbors questions. Are they satisfied with their home? Would they construct another home with their chosen builder? Would they recommend their builder to a friend or relative? How is the builder’s service? How are they at communicating? If there is an issue in the home, does the builder respond in a reasonable time frame? If you’re building on a scattered lot, ask the builder for references of previous homebuyers.