Building a custom home in Northern Colorado is a significant investment. You’re not simply building a house; you are creating a home. You are building a physical representation of your design style while constructing a place that will encompass your family, memories, and life. To make the most of this investment, you must first place your trust in a custom home builder and have confidence that they will effectively meet your needs, satisfy your wishes, and exceed your expectations.
The right builder can be the difference between “just a house” and a true custom home. If you’re ready to build the home of your dreams, here are some tips to help you choose the right custom home builder to make that happen.
Decide on The Style and Type of Home You Want
Before you search for custom home builders in your area, take a moment to think about the type of home you want, the style you prefer, and your must-haves. Ranch or multi-level? Contemporary design or something with more traditional charm? Custom home builders often specialize in certain styles of homes, so be sure that the builders you are considering can deliver the home that you are envisioning. Any custom home builder can cater to the details of your design plan, but choosing one that specializes in the style you like will ensure a finished product that is truly built to be what you want. Review their portfolio to see if they’ve built homes in your preferred style before or if they feel adaptable enough to fit your personal needs and wants!
Make a List of Potential Builders
Once you have an idea of what you want and have seen who’s out there, you can create a list of builders in your area. You can easily find builders by searching online or through a local home builders association. Talk to family and friends who have built a home or perhaps know of someone who has built a custom home for recommendations or a referral; even social media can be used to point you in the right direction! If you’ve seen someone on social media who has built a custom home in your area that you love, reach out to see what builder they used and what their experience was like.
Research Your Top Builders
Take the time to research the top builders on your list, checking first that the styles of homes they specialize in will fit your dreams. Their websites and social media accounts will likely provide photo galleries where you can get a glimpse of the potential behind the builder. Online reviews and testimonials can give you insight into their level of customer service and professionalism. You might also look for recognitions they have received or associations they are a part of.
Meet with Them In Person
Don’t rely solely on the information you find online; reach out to the builders you are most interested in and schedule an in-person meeting. This will allow you to ask questions, personally gauge their customer service, and discover if they will be the right fit for you. You will be working closely with your builder for the greater part of a year (or more!), so you want to feel comfortable with and confident in them. During a meeting, a builder can also provide you with more detailed information on their design process, offer proof of licensing and insurance, show you samples of their finishes, introduce you to team members, or even give you a tour of a finished home.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions
A good custom home builder will provide you with all the information you need, but a trustworthy and reputable builder will also welcome any questions or concerns you may have answering respectfully and honestly. Questions can range from years of experience to the type of appliances available for your kitchen. Click here for a list of questions to ask your home builder from the National Association of Home Builders.
Pick a Builder You Can Trust
Choosing the right builder can be a difficult decision. There are many custom home builders that will build you a great house, but follow your instincts to choose the builder that will build you a great home. By combining information with a sense of trust and confidence from a meeting, you will likely be able to decide on the builder that is best equipped to build you the home of your dreams.
At NoCO Custom Homes, we won’t build you a house; we will build you a beautiful custom-designed place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about building a custom home in Northern Colorado.