How To Select Your Builder

1. Develop a list of builders by checking with family and friends for recommendations, doing a search online or picking a few names from a directory.

2. Begin researching each builder and eliminate those with negative feedback. The Better Business Bureau and reputable associations such as the Home Builders Association, Construction Association, Chamber of Commerce, etc. will be helpful in detecting any problems.

3. Using your modified list, call each potential builder and conduct an interview. Describe your project and ask the builder if they would be interested in working on it. Ask about the builder’s work load, how they go about managing a project and ask for references. If you don’t have construction documents and are expecting that the builder will team with the architect to design and build the project, be sure you ask about their experience and capabilities to do that. Note: Builders, like people are different with different experiences, expertise and approaches.

4. Check into the references. Usually a reference is listed because that person will provide a glowing recommendation. But this isn’t always the case. When you contact these people, ask if there were any hiccups during the project and how the builder responded. Was the builder helpful, even tempered and cooperative or the opposite? Did the builder work with you and the architect to resolve issues? These and more are all important questions to ask.

5. If you have do have drawings made, you may be able to request a quote from your potential contractors. Be sure each is given the exact same information so you can “compare apples to apples”. You will need to pay attention to the value of each quote which means that you will have to read each without simply focusing on the bottom line. Check to see if anything is included aside from the bare construction (example: permits, insurances, regular clean up, etc)

6. You should now be in a position to select the right builder for you. This selection should be based on more than just bottom line costs. Your ability to work with and trust the builder will be paramount. Execute a contract with the builder so that all of the details are spelled out. Begin building your new home!

How To Prepare for Moving Day

  1. Purchase moving boxes and packing supplies
  2. Sort, discard and donate unwanted items
  3. Remove window coverings and art on the walls, defrost/drain/wash refrigerators and freezers, drain gas and oil from lawn mowers/snow blowers/generators/etc, disconnect propane tank from BBQ
  4. Begin packing – clearly label boxes with the destination for the box (“Kitchen”, “Master Bedroom”, etc.) and write fragile on boxes with breakable items inside
  5. Confirm elevator, parking reservations/permits for the move day if applicable
  6. Make arrangements for child care and/or a pet sitter for the move day if applicable
  7. Mage arrangements for time of work for the move day if necessary
  8. Confirm your moving day and time with your professional moving company or helpers if applicable
  9. Notify post office, health care providers, utility companies, payroll department at work
  10. Share your new address with friends and family
  11. Note any existing damage to your belongings. If you are using a professional moving company, they will most likely compensate you if they damage anything.
  12. Make the big move and enjoy your new home!