The most important thing you can do is to complete extensive research into the contractors you’re considering. Ask for references, and then actually contact them. Obviously the builder is going to refer you to past clients that were happy with their experience, so it’s important to ask as many questions as possible so that you can get an accurate feel for what the average experience is like.
If possible, don’t just stick with the client references they provide, but also try to include the vendors that the builder uses. Many people don’t think of this, but the way a person treats their vendors can be an important insight into their integrity and professionalism. Ask the vendors if they would personally use the builder you’re considering, and ask follow-up questions to clarify why they would or would not. Maybe they wouldn’t hire them due to a case of clashing personalities, or maybe it’s a deeper issue such as a lack of mutual respect.
Consider Quality When Contemplating Price
While price is certainly an important factor in your choice of builders, it shouldn’t be the first and only question you ask. Price isn’t always the right way to distinguish between the actual value of the construction, as the difference in price per square foot isn’t a matter of one builder bringing in more profit than another. Often times the price is higher because of the quality and value that the builder will bring to the project, and is actually a reflection of the direct investment you’d be putting into your home.
One way to gauge the quality of a home builder is to question why they do things the way that they do them. Even if you don’t know what a right or wrong answer would be, by simply asking the question you can gauge their intentions. If the builder is incapable of clearly answering your questions, chances are they lack the experience and knowledge that you really need. If their answers seem to focus on the fact that they choose whichever methods and materials are cheap and easy, you’ll probably want to steer clear.
By being forthcoming with your prospective builders and taking the time to do thorough research, you can ensure that your custom home building experience will be a positive one. Contact Empire Custom Builders today to schedule a consultation and discuss your goals and objectives for your new Central Florida luxury custom home.