Now that you are ready to move forward with your building project, you have a very important decision to make. While you do have to consider budget, timing, decorative additions, materials, and potential landscaping needs, there is one critical decision that affects the entire project—choosing the right builder. Whether you are building a custom home, planning to remodel, or adding a screen porch, the right builder can make all the difference.
Although there are many considerations when collaborating with a builder, we are offering our top five tips for ensuring your project and partnership moves along as smoothly as possible.
#1 – Experience. Does the builder have experience with your home style? Has the company been in business for 25 years or is this the first year? A new builder may be able to offer modern ideas while still having experienced staff members. And, a more seasoned building company may be able to show examples of their work. Either way—be sure to meet with the builder ahead of time and decide if your personalities are a match for this long-term project.
#2 – References. Can the builder provide you with a list of references? A quality builder should be able to give you the names of several satisfied clients. This will allow you to hear directly from a third party about the builder’s work ethic, workmanship, and adherence to timelines. And, as with many things in life, asking trusted friends and colleagues for referrals is another way to discover the best builders in your area.
#3 – Materials. Ask the builder what types of materials they utilize and where they are purchased. Will they provide you with material choices? Or, do they purchase things at the local home improvement store? In addition, the materials used for your project are dependent upon the style, size, and budget for your project. The materials can also tell you a great deal about the quality of work provided by the builder.
#4 – Licenses and Insurance. While everyone hopes that nothing bad happens during the building process, the fact is there will be many people—including subcontractors—on your property during this time. Some states require that builders be licensed. And, you want to be sure that both you and the builder are insured in the event of a negative occurrence.
#5 – Warranty. Before any work begins or a contract is signed, ask about warranties on the products utilized and the work performed. You want to ensure that a builder will back-up his or her work on your home. Seek someone that is responsive when contacting you, answers questions promptly, and resolves any challenges along the way. These are the signs of someone that takes pride in their work and someone that understands customer service.
Consider all of the above when you are adding a screen porch, too. While some may consider a screen porch a simple addition to their home, it really becomes an extension of your interior living space and should be treated as critically important. Because of the precision needed for installing Weather Queen Shades, we focus on working with builders that deliver quality work within budget and according to timelines. And, ensuring you have the right builder on-board will ease any stress and worry over your next building project.