How to Find a Good Home Builder You Can Trust

When it comes to building your new home, whether it’s a starter home or your dream home, you want to have confidence in the builders you’re entrusting with your vision and your money. There are many things that can go wrong during the construction phase of a project, so it’s incredibly important to find a reputable and experienced builder that will help make the journey go as smoothly as possible. But how do you know which builder is right for the job? You can trust Mitchell Homes to show you how to find a good home builder. We’ve been in the business for nearly three decades, and we’re one of the most experienced on-your-lot builders in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. Here’s how to find a good home builder in your area.

Do Your Researchmitchell-homes-how-to-find-a-good-home-builder-you-can-trust1

First and foremost, do your research. Find out what previous clients have to say about the home builders you’re considering. You can do this by checking out online reviews on Google or the BBB and customer testimonials to see what kind of experiences others have had. Don’t be afraid to ask potential builders for references of previous home buyers they’ve worked with. You can also look online to see if the business has received too many consumer complaints. Also, see how the respond to and handle bad reviews and complaints. Often, this can be more important than the review itself.

In the state of Virginia, for instance, you can visit the Office of the Attorney General’s consumer complaint database to learn more about the company’s record. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors if they can provide any recommendations. The more you know about your prospective home builder the better. So be sure to thoroughly research any company you’re considering hiring.

If you’re uncertain where to begin or need help locating home builders in your area, contact your local home builders’ association. Once you have a list of prospective builders, be sure to meet with each one in-person. Ask to see portfolios of their work or tour homes they’ve built. And ask questions. Make sure your home builder understands your vision and listens to your expectations. Check out the National Association of Home Builders website for a list of questions you should be asking. This will give you a good start.

Look for Cost-Savings

Cutting costs doesn’t mean you have to cut corners. At Mitchell Homes, we’re committed to building you a quality home that’s within your budget. Any good home builder should be willing and able to do the same. Be wary of any builder that doesn’t have a professional contract that shows everything your purchasing or is unwilling to be upfront about project costs.

So where can you save money on your home project? Mitchell Homes offers a number of financial advantages that make contracting with us a worthwhile investment. For our qualified home buyers, we offer financial benefits that include no construction loan, no closing costs, and no down payment. This means you won’t have to worry about upfront costs when it comes to building with Mitchell Homes. On a loan amount of $250,000, your cost-savings can amount to nearly $15,000.

While you may be hard-pressed to find another home builder that offers these same financial advantages, carefully consider what each home builder is able to offer you. It’s important your builder understands your budget and is able to keep your project at or below cost.

Examine the Warrantymitchell-homes-how-to-find-a-good-home-builder-you-can-trust2

Often, a sign of a quality home builder is whether or not the company is willing to guarantee its work. A good test of whether a home builder is willing to stand by its work is to examine the type of warranty the company offers. At Mitchell Homes, every new home comes standard with the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. When you build with Mitchell Homes, your new home warranty will include 10 years of structural coverage, 2 years of distribution systems coverage, and 1 year of workmanship coverage. You’ll want to make sure that with whatever home builder you choose, your investment is protected through a similar home buyers’ warranty.

Read the Fine Print

It’s important to get everything in writing once you choose a home builder. Read the fine print of all material you’re provided with, such as the warranty, contract, and homeowner’s manual. You want to make sure your interests are protected throughout the project, so knowing and understanding the terms of your contract are important. This also applies to any suppliers or trade partners that your home builder uses.

At Mitchell Homes, we make sure our homeowners are fully involved in the process from beginning to end. Prior to commencing construction on your new home, we’ll have a pre-construction lot meeting. We’ll meet on-site for a final review and sign-off before breaking ground on your project. We’ll ensure everything matches your vision down to a T. If something doesn’t look quite right, we’ll be sure to correct it prior to the construction process. You’ll know exactly what to expect from your custom-built home before the first shovel hits the ground.mitchell-homes-how-to-find-a-good-home-builder-you-can-trust3

Now that you know how to find a good home builder, are you ready to start the process? If so, simply complete this form to request a free planning book. It includes details on all our floor plans and exterior elevation choices, as well as a full list of our standard features. We also include a pricing list for every home design so that we can be certain we’re working within your budget from the very beginning.

At Mitchell Homes, there are no hidden surprises. We’ll be candid with you from the onset and be sure to listen to your desires and goals for the project. We truly want to bring your vision for your custom-built home to fruition. And we understand transforming your dream into reality starts with finding a home builder you can trust.