hire the right builder imageFor most people, a home is the single largest investment they’ll ever make.

That’s why it’s so important to hire the right builder to create your custom home or the right remodeler to beautify and renovate your existing one.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has produced a checklist  to help you make the right decision.

Top Tips from NAHB’s How to Hire the Right Builder Checklist

1. Check out the custom home builder’s reputation, longevity and experience.

  • Make sure the custom home builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long the builder has been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org

Stockell Custom Homes has been in business for over 25 years in St. Louis, MO, with a permanent location and an excellent reputation. View Stockell’s A+ BBB rating.

2. Ensure the builder has the correct insurance and contracts so you’re protected.

  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Also, make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you’re having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.

Stockell Homes maintains the appropriate insurance to protect you. Also Stockell’s custom home builder team is accredited and certified by various groups including: NAHB, BBB, Angie’s List, HBA, Green Professional and the US Green Building Council.

Our building process is clear, with an easy to read contract and clear communication. View our custom home building process.

3. Ask the home builder/remodeler to see examples of their work and for names of previous customers.

  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

At Stockell Homes, we’re transparent with our customers. View our gallery of completed projects and read our online customer reviews. We have a long list of happy customers who you can contact if you’d like.

4. Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler?

  • Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

5. Be cautious of unusually low‐priced bids.

  • If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.
  • Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better.

 At Stockell Homes, we focus on developing an accurate, on-time budget and timeline. We use open book accounting so you can see how expenses are handled.

It’s important that you hire a custom home builder you can trust to provide you with the best building and remodeling experience possible. The Stockell Team hits the mark on the NAHB criteria. We use only the highest quality materials and workmanship while delivering every project on budget and on time. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you along this home building journey.

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Connect with Don Stockell on , Houzz, and Linkedin. Don is the owner and president of Stockell Homes, a St. Louis area custom home builder and remodeler.
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