Texas has over 45,000 registered homebuilding businesses, the highest in the United States. This means there’s a large pull of prospective custom homebuilders to choose from for prospective homeowners. Homeowners must choose the right skills and qualities when choosing a custom home builder to ensure smooth construction from beginning to end.
Individual home builders must abide by the building codes of the state where they work. Building codes regulate major renovations and new constructions, protecting builders, owners, and communities. A lack of strict building codes may expose homeowners to unscrupulous homebuilders. Still, some aspects of homebuilding cannot be legislated.
Your prospective homebuilder must be a good planner. Planning can make or break your project. You need an exceptional planner who can create the best design and choose suitable building materials. Problems, such as delays, accidents, and shortages, may happen during construction. Homebuilders must consider any unpredictable situations not only to avoid delay but also to ensure safety at the work site. As a homeowner, you need a flexible homebuilder who is resilient and resourceful when faced with challenges. A flexible contractor goes out of their way to accommodate you. On the other hand, a rigid one wants things to be done a certain way by a certain time.
And because custom home construction has several moving parts, such as subcontracting, sourcing materials, paperwork, etc., your ideal homebuilder is one with solid systems and processes. Such a builder has every aspect, fright from bidding and pre-construction to design and construction.
Cost overruns can hurt your pocket. But they’re sometimes unavoidable. Nevertheless, your custom homebuilder must work within your budget limits. For this, you need a home builder who is also an exceptional project manager. A good project manager ensures timely project delivery within the budget. Contractors with integrity will not overcharge you. They will not use substandard building materials when you’ve paid top dollar to get the best. On the other hand, dishonest homebuilders are looking to rip you off at every turn. When they’re not overcharging you, they’re swapping your quality fittings for subpar ones.
As experienced as your prospective homebuilder might be, they cannot work alone. They must work with others (like subcontractors, inspectors, suppliers, and handymen) at some point in the project. So, how your prospective builder works with and treats those he deals with is a major tell whether or not they’ll be a good fit.
Talk to past clients, sub-contractors, and other people that your would-be homebuilder has worked with. This way, you will be able to get a feel of what it’s like to work with them. A builder with poor team spirit is not receptive to constructive feedback and makes decisions unilaterally.
If a prospect has a reputation for shooting down opposing ideas, they’ll likely fight you every step of the way. The ideal builder is cooperative, not combative. So, go for the builder who prioritizes teamwork, is a good communicator, and is generally good with people. If the contractor you’re considering has a reputation for doing things as they please, keep looking.