You have gone through the design process with your Architect, have designed the custom home of your dreams and it's now time to select a custom home builder. A custom home is unique in that the home is usually large, built to specified standards and is much more complex to build. What questions should you ask your potential custom home builder candidates?
- Do you only build site-specific homes for a new client each time you build? The builder should be building a new and unique home each and every time they build. This will prove that they have the ability to build all types of homes with unique architectural elements. They should be familiar with building on different terrains and soil types and in different areas of Michiana. Building for a new client each and every time, means they possess the ability to work and communicate with all types of individuals.
- Do they employ experienced carpenters and support staff? Experience counts when it comes to building a complex home. A professional builder will have trained staff that has been with their company for many years. They are the backbone of the company. The face you will see at your jobsite. The people who will interact with the subcontractors and suppliers…the people who will handle the warranty issues long after your home has been built.
- Will they assign management personnel to your project? Jobsite management is crucial to a
- Do they build less than 10 homes per year? If the builder is building more than this, they most likely fall in the category of developer or spec home builder. A true custom home builder is engaged in building fewer homes so that they can focus on customer service and quality construction.
- Are they a member of the local, state, and national Home Builders Associations? This means the builder is committed to professionalism.
- Does the builder have a permanent business location? Be wary of the builder who is operating out of a truck. They may consider their business a temporary operation. Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business.
- Do they carry
sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance? If not,
you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises. Make
sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any
warranties. Make sure they are following OSHA guidelines and that they have written
safety policies in effect to protect employees on the jobsite.
- Do they have a good reputation with local banks, suppliers and trades? A financially sound
- Will they conduct scheduled meeting with you? Keeping you informed of the progress of your project is vital. Meetings may be conducted over the telephone or on the jobsite. They may take place with your architect or designer. But regularly scheduled meetings should take place.
Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. offers dedicated project management on your site to ensure quality, as well as personalized attention to your input, questions and satisfaction. As a client you will be kept informed from beginning to end with clear, scheduled construction meetings and financial reports.
Your project reflects the shared vision of you and your architect. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. will help you realize your vision with clear communication between you, your architects and designers, and the Martin Brothers team of construction professionals.
Written contracts are provided for every project; a home warranty and an extensive homeowner manual are provided on each new construction project. Martin Brothers is proud to be an Indiana Quality Assurance Builder.