4 Tips for Choosing the Right Contractor for a Custom Home Build

Custom home builds require expertise and attention to detail. Choosing the right contractor for your new custom home build, in Thomasville and elsewhere, is a huge decision. In fact, it is a decision with which you have to live. Fortunately, choosing the right contractor is not as hard as you might suspect. Let’s look at four top tips for choosing a contractor for a new custom home build. 

1.Do Some ResearchThe right contractor for your custom home is one with plenty of experience. You should be able to research online and find an up-to-date website for the contractor featuring a photo gallery of real homes the company has built. Any contractor without a presence on the Web should raise red flags. If the work is good, the contractor should be more than willing to show it off. 

2.Email the Home BuilderChoosing a home builder is a lot like hiring an employee. The process starts with a feeler email. Use the contact info on the contractor’s website to reach out to the company with a brief description of your proposed project. You do not need to go into lengthy detail to establish whether the contractor can handle the type of project you need completed. Anybody who fails to reply to you in a timely, professional manner is unlikely to be a good fit. This initial interaction will help you determine how responsive the contractor might be over the course of completing the project. 

3.Meet Face to FaceOnce you have received a good response, arrange to meet the prospective contractor. There is no better way to get to know someone’s character than to talk with them face-to-face. When meeting with a contractor, ask plenty of questions and carefully listen to the answers. If the rapport is great, then you will feel a lot more comfortable moving ahead with the project. 

4.Don’t Let Price Put You OffIn the construction industry, as in any other area of modern life, you get what you pay for. Low-rate contractors, unfortunately, often provide sub-par work. Quality craftsmanship should necessarily carry with it a realistic price tag. Don’t let a bargain-basement contractor ruin the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. Choose a contractor that fits both your budget and your vision for your custom home. 

Cornerstone Builders is a custom home contractor located in Thomasville, Georgia and serving the surrounding areas of Georgia and Florida. Contact Cornerstone today to begin discussing your project. 

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 Meeting the Growing Demand for Custom Homes

A recent report shows that new home starts are on the rise. New demand calls for builders with experience and expertise in overseeing custom projects.In fact, new home builds reached their highest point since the Global Financial Crisis. Single-family new home starts surged 10.7% to 869,000 in October, per the latest Commerce Department data, as overall new builds climbed by 25.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.323 million in the month of October, 2016. 

For the same period, according to ConstructionDive, “housing starts climbed 25.5% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.323 million from September’s upward-revised estimate of 1.054 million, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. October’s figure is 23.3% higher than October 2015 and is the highest rate since August 2007.” 

“Building permit authorizations, which indicate future construction activity, edged up 0.3% to 1.229 million in October from September’s adjusted rate of 1.225 million, and they are up 4.6% from a year ago.”The uptick in housing starts, based on government sources, also comes as a surprise. In the run up the November 8th election saw uncertainty, at least according to some commentators. 

However, the favorable numbers in October belie such assertions, and point to continued strength, despite the outcome of the presidential race.This demand puts pressure on the construction market. Custom home builds call for expertise in the execution of such design. And the simple fact is, inexperienced home builders may have difficulty in completing custom home builds, necessitating that shoppers exercise good judgement in choosing a home builder. Cornerstone Builders is experienced in custom constructions and ready to help you see your next project through to complete. Contact us today to get the process started. 

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