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gardengirl52
finding a home builder

I watch alot of home improvement shows and there a lot of contracter nightmares. How do you go about finding a honest experienced contracter to build a home and to do remodel jobs? Thank you

A. Spruce
Re: finding a home builder

Check these threads out. Lots of good info.

http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=1346
http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=6320&highlight=contractor

Feel free to ask further questions if they aren't covered in those threads. :cool:

gardengirl52
Re: finding a home builder

thanks for the links it is all good advise except I have no one to ask that has had a builder or contracter to get a recommendation from.

A. Spruce
Re: finding a home builder

IMHO, good tradesmen don't generally advertise to get work or stay busy, word of mouth is all they need. That being said, the best place to start looking is with trusted family and friends and coworkers. There has to be someone within your circle that has had at least a major renovation done. Start there.

It would be best to find a new construction builder rather than a remodeling contractor because as similar as they may seem, a new build takes a different skill set and business acumen than renovations. It's not that tradesmen can't do both, generally they specialize in one or the other and problems usually occur for those making the switch the first few times.

Contacting the local chapter of the National Association of Home Builders may provide leads to competent builders in your area. http://www.nahb.org/

Considering that you're building your own home, one would assume that you'll be working with an architect or draftsman to come up with the plans. They should have leads to builders to suit your needs. Interior designers often have a list of contractors as well.

gardengirl52
Re: finding a home builder

thank you for the info i thought that a remodeling contracter and a home builder should be different people also.

Re: finding a home builder

many question comes in our mind while finding a home builders. Here i will discuss on some important points.

1. Firstly define your needs.
2. Select on the basis of experience because experience matters.
3. Look for sign of quality construction.
4. Industry Involvement shows the membership for the time periods they are working.

etc..

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