Selecting a custom home builder can be intimidating. In Texas it’s even more so. Building a new custom home in Bryan, Texas could easily turn into a nightmare, with thousands of your hard earned dollars wasted.
To avoid such a devastating experience, you have to sit down with your potential home builder and ask him some key questions. For instance, how long has the company been in business under their current name and at the current address, or have they ever declared bankruptcy, how many homes has he built, does he have any formal training or references? Do they carry all the required insurance including general liability?
These questions may seem nosy, but they aren’t. You are making a business transaction that is going to cost you thousands of dollars, and a lot of time and inconvenience. You need to ask some tough questions. Many people trust a home builder just because he seems likeable. Your home builder needs to understand your needs and provide you with solutions and alternatives.
Make sure you have a good picture of your home builder’s financial health by going over his bank references. Sound finances means that the process of construction will be smooth and timely. There will be no delays due to lack of supply or wage issues with labor and that you will have your house on schedule.
Another thing you could do is check with the Better Business Bureau. Bryan is small city of 76,000, so they will know of the home builders in the area and will know about complaints against the company. They might not know everything, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Other sources of information are suppliers, construction workers and craftsmen. They would be able to tell you if the home builder in question is in good standing or not. Some builders have such bad credit that they can’t even get an account with a vendor. You should take that as a bad sign and stay clear away from them. You could also contact an attorney and ask him to do a public records search. Charges, liens, lawsuits and judgments against a builder show that his business practices may not be ethical or that he may not be making timely payments to his suppliers or workers, and you don’t want to get stuck with a builder who has trouble securing material and labor for your home.
Remember, it takes a trustworthy and knowledgeable company to build a custom home and back it with their reputation for years to come.
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