No matter your situation, buying a new home can be a frustrating process. The bare bones might be there, but finding that truly perfect home can seem impossible without building a custom home from the ground up. So why not start there?
Custom-built homes can take an average of 10 to 16 months to complete, but they’re also the only way to get exactly what you want out of a brand new home. The first step? Finding a home builder. And here are some red flags you need to look out for before your home is even started.
No Previous Work to Show
If home builders avoid talking about or showing you previous projects they’ve completed, your warning signal should immediately sound off. Custom home builders should take pride in their past work, so unwillingness to show it off is a major red flag.
Pressure to Start Immediately
New home builders might be eager to start a custom project, but it should never be at the expense of your comfort zone and established building schedule. When a home builder tries to pressure you into beginning a project, especially if it involves lower rates, you could be the potential victim of a scam.
Vague Price Estimations
An experienced home builder who has worked in kitchen remodeling and home remodeling in the past will be aware of price fluctuations and potential complications. As such, they should be accounting for that when they give you a price estimate. But if a home builder continues to be vague about pricing, then it could be bad news for you if something comes up in the middle of construction.
Lack of Communication Skills
When someone is building your home, it makes sense that you’d want to keep in touch fairly regularly. As a homeowner and a client, you absolutely have that right. Communication is essential in this kind of project, so make sure you keep your eyes open for communication issues before ground is ever broken on the construction site.
If you want a home as beautiful as the ones you’ve imagined, make sure you’re looking for these red flags! They could end up making or breaking your dream home.