House Builders – How We Selected Our House Builder Using Six Objective Criteria
Building a house seemed such a daunting journey in itself for us that we wanted to be very careful in the process of selecting our house builder.
Like many people we visited display homes and tried to discuss with house builders whenever possible. Usually builders that have houses in display village are big enough to hire sales assistants and you don’t get to talk with the house builders but with the sales rep.
Sometimes though we could come across the builder and when that happened we would talk with him asking a few questions to try build an initial level of relationship. We would ask for building prices, inclusions, floor plans and most importantly contacts and addresses of past customers so we could call to ask for feedback.
What we found thought was that only few builders would provide us with past customer details arguing that they would rather not bother them…
Since we used consultancy services of an architect, he was kind to give us contact details of his three most preferred builders. This is great because these builders are familiar with the way our architect designs new houses and know perfectly how to build those houses.
It was like a walk in the park for us to call and meet these builders. I could talk directly with the builders and get their detailed quotes based on our architect sketch. I felt more comfortable discussing budget and schedule with these guys than with house builders randomly picked in a display village.
Another way for us to select one among many house builders was to get recommendations from friends that just had their house built. This turned out to be the method by which we selected the builder that will get the job.
Our friends kindly shared their house building experience with us in details, the highs, the lows, the good moments and the bad ones.
Thanks to friend’s feedback we learned more about the builder personality as well as the tradesmen, contractors who worked for him.
To help us make final decision we put together the following list of 6 criteria:
- Quality of construction
- Quality of finishing
- Builder ways of working
- Past customer feedback
The builder we finally selected is the one who built our friend house.
Like many house construction projects there were highs and lows in ours as well. In the end, however, we are happy with the house he built for us. It was built within budget and only two weeks behind schedule.
We would recommend this builder to a friend.
What is your process of assessing and selecting house builders?