5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Custom Home Builder

Are you ready to build a custom home of your very own? Do you have your lot picked out? If so, your next step should be to hire a custom homebuilder. But you’ll want to choose carefully. Building a custom home is an important financial investment and you’ll want to choose the most compatible company to work with.

5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Custom Home BuilderYour custom home should be everything you envision it to be, so you’ll want to choose a home builder you can trust. Here at Mitchell Homes, we have the experience and knowledge to help you get exactly what you want, but don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few key things you’ll want to find out before making your final choice.

First, you’ll want to look at the company’s track record. Is the company a reputable one and are the builders qualified to custom build your home? Take a look at the company’s former projects, for example. Are the company’s prior projects similar in scale to one you’re considering? Also, what do former customers have to say about their experience with this homebuilder?

These questions are incredibly important when determining who will design and construct a new home, so look at online reviews and testimonials provided by the company. Also, ask the company if they can put you in touch with current and past clients. This will give you a sense of the customer service you can expect during your own home building process. At Mitchell Homes, we strive to make the home building process as easy and enjoyable for our customers as possible. The home builder you ultimately choose should do the same for you.

Another way to determine the quality of the company you are considering is by the warranty it provides. Any reputable home builder should be confident in the quality of the company’s work. This will be reflected in how the company protects your investment. At Mitchell Homes, for instance, we protect your investment in a few different ways. We offer ten years of structural coverage, which includes footings and foundation, load-bearing walls, beams, and girders.

We also offer two years of systems coverage and one year of workmanship coverage. We partner with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, one of the few home warranty companies approved by HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). Your custom built home will be one of the most significant investments you make, so why not protect it with the very best coverage?

Speaking of investment, many home builders will require you to make a hefty down payment before they begin the work. Look instead for a home builder that is able to stand by its reputation and doesn’t require a payment until the work is complete.

For instance, did you know that Mitchell Homes does not require a construction loan? In fact, we offer one-of-a-kind financing advantages for our qualified clients so that you can avoid a steep down payment and the costly expense of construction loan interest rates.

We’ll even foot the bill for your closing costs so you’ll save even more money at the closing table. With other custom home builders in Virginia, you could wind up paying close to $15,000 in closing costs on a $250,000 loan. With Mitchell Homes, you’ll pay absolutely nothing. That means you’ll have no upfront costs and will not be responsible for a single payment until after you’ve already closed on your home!

Worried about your credit? Even if you have less than perfect credit, we can work with you to secure financing. We work closely with lending institutions and credit repair agencies that have experience in helping people in similar situations. Even if you feel that building a custom home is outside the realm of possibility, we will do everything we can to help make it a reality for you.

Once you have the list narrowed down to your top three, your next step should be to schedule an interview with each. Discuss your design plan, budget, and financing needs in detail. Your custom home builder should be able to answer any questions you have confidently and clearly.

Additionally, you should be prepared with a list of questions for them. This guide to hiring a designer offers great examples of questions you should ask. It also provides a list of the documents that the builder should be able to provide you during this initial visit.

Finally, do your research. Check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau, for instance. You can see that Mitchell Homes has an A+ rating with the BBB. Anything less than an A rating should give you pause. With an excellent rating like ours, you can have confidence in the quality of work the company provides.

You’ll also want to make sure any company you contract is properly licensed. Custom home builders in Virginia should have a license or certificate from the Virginia Board of Contractors to do construction work. You can contact the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation or check out this link to make sure the company you are considering is properly licensed.

Building your own home from the ground up is an important life step. At Mitchell Homes, we want to make it well worth your while. We have confidence in the products we deliver and know that you will be satisfied with the results.

We would love to take your home from design to conception. But even if you opt for another home builder, keep these points in mind. Your custom home builder should be selected only after careful consideration. Choose wisely so you’ll be able to sleep soundly at night in your new custom home.