Few families, couples, or individuals are lucky enough to purchase their dream home as their first home, and often work hard for years in order to finally have the custom home of their dreams built. With such a large investment it’s important to make the right decisions when choosing a professional custom home builder like Parker Built Homes.
If you’re looking for a contractor that builds custom homes and does renovations it’s essential to do your homework first.
1. Get References from Owners of Custom Homes
A custom home builder or contractor that doesn’t have any references readily available shouldn’t even be on your list of options. Getting references and calling them is the very minimum amount of effort you should put into checking up on potential contractors. Actually visiting a past customer when possible and asking for references and testimonials that don’t appear on the website is preferred. This way you can truly see for yourself what potential contractors are capable of.
2. Contractors who are Good Communicators
When interviewing contractors you may find that some of them do all the talking, but very little listening. It’s important for a contractor to:
- Be knowledgeable about what they are doing
- Adhere to bylaws
- Follow building code
- Follow and understand all other best practices
- Understand what you want
A good contractor will listen to your wants, needs, and concerns prior to telling you what’s possible, recommended, and realistic within budget. They should also be actively engaging you throughout the planning and building processes and fielding all of your questions promptly.
3. Custom Homes with Added Value
It’s tough to predict what specific details and elements will add value to your custom built home or renovation, above and beyond what’s already expected. A good contractor should have a reputation for quality details that provides value near the top end of an expected range. While there are a number of uncontrollable elements that can affect a return on your investment, it’s easy to see where a contractor goes beyond just functional improvements.
4. Avoiding Cash Deals With Contractors
It’s very uncommon for people to purchase custom homes with cash, but with small or even large renovations some contractors will cut you a deal if you pay in cash. While it would be ideal to assume that everyone you work with can be trusted implicitly there is always the chance of a disagreement or accident that causes the contractor to walk away from the job. Here are a few reasons to avoid cash transactions:
- Cash doesn’t allow you to prove that a transaction has been made.
- If subcontractors aren’t paid at the end of a project they’ll be coming to you for further payment.
- Avoid contractors that work exclusively in cash deals, they likely have negative reasons for doing so.
Overall it’s best practice to always get a contract in writing.
Parker Built Custom Homes
Finding a contractor who builds custom homes is easy, but finding a good one that you can trust should be done with diligence. Always ensure you do your homework when it comes to contractors and work with highly regarded companies like Parker Built Homes. If you’re thinking about a renovation or a new build, contact Parker Built Homes today. We’ve built lots of beautiful custom homes and facilitated renovations for a lot of happy customers. Call: 918-770-5954.