We were asked by a internet follower of ours, “How do you decide between two good builders?”
So we thought we’d answer this on our blog. Thanks for the question Andri.
Going to keep this short and sweet.
Key 1: Finished Product. Go and evaluate homes that have been built by the candidate. Try, if you can, to investigate homes that are the same caliber of the home you yourself are building. Some High-end finishes can require special expertise and seeing how the outcome can be the true deal sealer.
Key 2: Is the Pro a Pro? Go with the builder who has his business as much in line as his craftsmanship. Contracts, timelines, paperwork etc. should all be as smooth as your new granite countertops. A good builder is a businessman and it should feel like you’re getting a company, not a hobby.
Key 3: Rapport… is it there? If there isn’t open communication, if it isn’t easy to talk to and work with this person, then the first key better be pretty spectacular. This is going to take months, so liking and working well with the builder, thats paramount.
Key 4: Trust. If you get even the slightest feeling he/she is a snake, step on its head and…. I mean go with the other guy.
Key 5: Listen to the woman. At the end, if it’s all equal, which would be odd… listen to the instinct of the woman. Woman have great barometers when it comes to trusting men (whom builders often are, not always, but often). If the woman has a strong feeling, go with it.
We were talking in the office and one other thought came up. Pay attention to the response times before the deal is done. Those same response times translate to how long it will take said builder to get back with you during the project, if not… longer.