Choosing the right custom home builder for your dream home is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure a successful design build process. But with so many home builders to choose from, how can you be sure that you are selecting the right builder to make your dream home a reality?
Here are 7 signs of a reputable custom home builder.
A reputable builder will have testimonials from their customers listed on their website. Look for a builder with a wide range of testimonials. Find customers that are similar to you. For example, if you are building from out of state, find testimonials from other customers who have built from out of state.
The next step is to contact the builder’s references. Beyond testimonials that you can read on a builder’s website, a reputable builder should be able to give you a list of recent customers that you can talk to about their experience.
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3. Time in Business
The true test of quality craftsmanship in any home is evident 5, 10, 20 years after the home is built. A reputable builder will have customers that are still happy with their home years after the home is built.
A reputable builder will have long-standing relationships with both subcontractors and employees. If your builder has been working with the same partners for a long period of time – and has low employee turnover – that’s a sign that the builder operates with integrity.
5. Job Site
How clean is the builder’s job site? A messy, cluttered, and unsafe job site can be a sign of a lack of attention to detail. A reputable builder will keep a clean job site to minimize waste, create a safe work environment, and respect the neighbors.
A reputable builder will have a proven system that defines clear expectations upfront, provides transparency through each design build stage, and conducts quality checks throughout the build process.
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7. Price Guarantee
A good custom home builder will stand by their work. A great custom home builder will stand by their work and their price. A reputable builder will offer a Guaranteed Fixed Price so you can have peace of mind during the build process.
Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.