5 Things To Watch Out For In A PA Custom Home Builder

By Nick Matteo | May 14, 2016

Tips for ensuring a positive experience in your dream home construction project.

Perhaps you’ve been looking for a custom home builder in Pennsylvania to construct the home of your dreams for a long time, or perhaps your search has just begun. You may feel conflicted over which builder to choose for one of the biggest investments you’ve ever made. Or maybe you are just unsure of what you should be looking for in a builder.

5 Tips for Selecting A Custom Home Builder in PA

custom-home-builders-in-paChanging your perspective when searching for a custom home builder in PA includes a thorough investigation into the builder you’ll be teaming up with to create the home of your dreams. These five tips will help you ensure that you are selecting the right custom home builder for your needs.

Tip #1: Make sure that your builder’s style meshes with your style.

You might be going for the look and layout of a traditional home design, and the builder you are interviewing for the project might only have experience with more contemporary, modern style homes. Or maybe your decision-making and communication styles are more reserved and thought-out, but the builder you’ve been communicating with about your custom home plans has been pushy and you feel like you’re being forced into rushing your decision.

Whether design style or project management style, these are two very important areas in which you’ll want to ensure that you’re on the same page with your builder.

Tip #2: Look for a builder who can give you an overall experience that will mean more than the bottom line cost.

As a buyer, you can take a builder’s price at face value, or you can look at the builder’s business and approach to the project, knowing that a trusting relationship makes for an unforgettable experience. This type of experience is not just about the end result – a home that you love – but also about the process and the journey of creating the home of your dreams, step by step, together with your builder.

Rick Davis, teacher and mentor to leaders in the construction industry, puts it this way:

“Don’t judge business practices based upon your feelings as a consumer. Case Study: Many business professionals shun Starbucks because they perceive it as overpriced yuppie coffee… Enjoy your Dunkin’ Donut coffee, but recognize the power of an experience created by the higher priced provider… You might not like Starbucks, but must appreciate they have created an experience and profit model that is one of the great American success stories of the last half century.”

Tip #3: Tour homes completed by the builder.

When you have a short list of luxury home builders in Pennsylvania, and you’ve narrowed down your search, you’ll want to be sure to tour a home or two completed by each of those builders. There’s no substitute for seeing with your own eyes the quality of work completed by your builder.

Tip #4: Look into the resale values of homes that have been constructed by your builder.

While this is certainly not an exact science, looking into the estimated values of homes constructed by the builders you are considering, and ensuring that they have maintained, if not increased, in value is important. You might also consider calling a few reputable realtors in the area where the builder has completed projects to see what the builder’s reputation is like among realtors and buyers looking for homes. A respected builder will likely also be well known in the network of realtors, and you’re likely to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly from a realtor.

Tip #5: Go with your gut instinct.

Nothing can take the place of your own intuition and personal perspective on how well you and your custom home builder will work together. As long as you’ve done all your homework on the builders you are considering, you’re highly likely to have a sense of which builder will best mesh with you and share the vision you have for your dream home.

How Building Services is a custom home builder serving Pennsylvania, specifically the Main Line and surrounding areas, who has extensive experience exceeding the expectations of our clients in the construction of their luxury dream home. Contact us today to set up a time to meet with you to see if we’re the right fit for your custom home building project needs!

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