10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Custom Home Builder

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Building your own home is such an exciting task that can be incredibly rewarding! This home can be whatever you want it to be, and it can be a place where you can make cherished memories with loved ones. It is important that you find a home builder who can help you make your dream home come to life, and someone who will do that well.
The list below contains 10 things that we believe are important when choosing a custom home builder. 
1. Location

Where do you want your home to be built? This may be the home where you live for the rest of your life. You want to make sure that this home is somewhere that you could see yourself for the foreseeable future. When you are set on a location, you want to find a home builder that will build in that area. For example, if you currently live in Elpaso tx, but want to build your home in Austin, Texas, choosing a builder from Arkansas may not be the best bet. Choose a builder who is local to the area that you would like to live in.

Areas we serve at McKay Vassaur 


2. Budget

What is the budget for your new home?

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 Do you have any wiggle room in this budget, or is this budget set? You want to find a builder who can work with the numbers that you have in mind. If you are looking at a home builder who is known for building extravagant homes, but you are not in the market for building an extravagant home, there will be another home builder who will do a great job that is within your budget!

3. Ask Around

After choosing your location and solidifying your budget, you can begin to ask around about custom home builders. There are a lot of ways that you can search for a home builder, but the best way to search for one is by asking others in the area and by word of mouth. You can ask your lending company, real estate agents, or family and friends about their experiences and their opinions on home builders in your area. 

4. Experience

When looking for a home builder, you want to make sure that the one you choose has plenty of experience. A home builder with experience will know how to handle problems that may arise during the build with ease. Builders who have been in the business for a good amount of time will be able to bring more skills and knowledge to the table. Overall, hiring a builder that has a high experience level will make the build move quicker, and make the process easier for you. 

5. Testimonials

We can’t say enough great things about Jeff and McKay Vassaur Custom Builders! They made the construction process smooth. Jeff is very professional, has great communication, great relationships with his subs and builds a great product! We couldn’t be happier with our project! We would definitely use McKay Vassaur again!

Does your builder have a website? If so, do they have their customer testimonials on display? The best way to check the work of your home builder is by their previous customers’ reviews or testimonials. If the builder has mixed reviews and testimonials, that shows that the home building experience with that particular builder could be a hit or miss experience. When choosing a home builder, shining reviews and testimonials are a great way to gauge if this is the correct builder for you. 


6. Past Work

When choosing a builder, look at their past work. Do the characteristics of their past builds align with what you want your home to look like? Do they have a distinct build style, or do they have an array of styles? You want to make sure that the style of the home builder will fit the style of home that you have in mind. If the builder has a diverse background in building, check to see if they have homes that resemble your home. By looking at their past work, you can also check the quality of the homes that they build, which will come in handy when deciding your home builder. 


Take a look at our past work: 

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7. Communication

If you have a question for the home builder, will they reply in a timely manner? Communication is key in any business relationship, and it can make or break an experience. Make sure that your builder will communicate openly and honestly with you about the process and any concerns that may arise. You may have many questions throughout the building process, and a good home builder will reply to all of them promptly, and with patience. 

8. Deadlines

Do you have a deadline or timeline that you would like to meet? Does your home need to be completed by a certain time? Check to see if the home builder can meet that deadline, and if they have been able to meet deadlines with their past builds. You can ask other customers about their time management. Time is a very important factor on a build, so you want to be confident in the ability of your home builder to meet the deadline in a timely manner. 

9. Create List of Builders

After looking at the criteria on this list and finding the home builders that meet those criteria, create a list of home builders. Compare and contrast the qualities of each one, and see which one will be the best fit for your project. By doing this, you can narrow down the list of potential home builders and have a solid group that will match your vision. 

10. Compare Quotes

When you have your list of home builders narrowed down based on the criteria you have set, you can then go to them personally and ask for a quote for your build. You can compare these quotes, and see which ones fit in your budget, and which quotes are the most reasonable to you. After narrowing down your home builders based on criteria and then their quotes, you should have a good idea of the home builder you would like to go with for your build.

In Summary

Every home builder is going to be different. Some builders may work great for some clients, and others may not. It is all about choosing the home builder that is a great fit for YOU! Set your criteria for the ideal home builder early on, and find a builder that will fit those criteria and create your dream home! At McKay Vassaur Custom Home Builders, we strive to be the builder that you choose to build with! Our testimonials, photos of our past work, and our commitment to customer satisfaction are key parts of our work, and we hope that we can make your dream build come to life!

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