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.