Where to Start … Make a list of potential builders using our Find A Builder search tool.
Look Around … Once you have a list of licensed builders, learn about their reputation and the quality of their work. The best way to do this is to visit homes they have built and talk with the owners. Reputable builders should be more than willing to provide references for their work.
Shop for Quality and Value … Events like the BIA’s Parade of Homes, model homes and open houses offer great opportunities to determine the quality and value of a home firsthand. Look at both furnished and unfurnished homes to determine construction quality. Inspect the cabinetry, carpeting, trim work and paint. Ask questions and take copious notes.
Service After the Sale … Many builders back their work with Home Warranties on workmanship and materials. Other builders offer warranties backed by an insurance company. Regardless, find out what kind of service you can expect after the sale.