As an experienced new home specialist, I can help you find the best production builder and subdivision for your needs, negotiate the best package deal, shepherd the deal through the lender and the title company, join you for the builder walk through, third party inspection, etc. Let me be your advocate every step of the way.
The builder has representation, why shouldn’t you? Would you go to court if the other side had an attorney and you didn’t? What if the other side’s attorney offered to help you?
Buying a new home is one of the most important investments you will make, and choosing the right builder is as important as the new home you select. The primary goal is to find a trustworthy and reputable builder that will deliver a high quality home that meets all of your own personal interests and needs. Find a builder that will put his name on his product, and that will warranty his product. Consider the following criteria when selecting your home builder:
Trust & Reputation
The best way to get to know a builder is to visit their completed homes, and also their current projects. Meet the owner of the company and build a relationship of trust in order to feel comfortable that you’ll have the best builder building your dream home. Choose a detail oriented builder.
Also verify that your builder is a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA), Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Ask your builder if he is a partner of ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping home owners to save money and protect the environment. Verify that your builder is an active participant in the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program.
Quality of Work
When visiting some of the builder’s completed homes and current projects, inspect the quality of the finishes, such as cabinetry, trim work, and paint. Ask the builder to review the list of custom features that are standard in each house as well as the safety features and product lines that are used. Building a home requires incredible attention to detail and you should be confident that your builder values the essence of detail and quality in every home he builds.
Customer Service and Home Warranty
Review your builder’s home warranty and find out what type of service you can expect after you move into your home. Your builder should provide you with a comprehensive closing book. This helpful book will provide valuable information, including how to care for the new home, as well as warranty and maintenance information on each product or appliance within the home. You should feel comfortable that your builder will stand behind his product and offer an extensive home warranty for years to follow.