Checklist for Finding & Hiring a Builder
Contact your local homebuilders’ association for the names of member home builders and home remodelers: www.nahb.org/findanhba. You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
Find out how long they have been remodeling or building homes. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau.
Make sure the home builder/home remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
Ask the home builder/home remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the home builder/home remodeler again to complete a project (i.e. implementing your new kitchen ideas).
Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.