Buying a new property is an important event of life. Whether you are buying an apartment, a condo, a villa, a penthouse or a custom-built office space, it includes a huge investment. Chances are you have a vision for your perfect home and you are ready to pay your lifetime savings for the same. But the challenge during your home-buying process is to find the right and trustworthy builder who will embrace your vision and, most importantly, help make it a reality. However, this whole venture is no walk in the park.
We at Bren, surely know and understand that buying a new home or office can be stressful enough but trust us, selecting the wrong builder can make the process even more nerve-racking. There are so many options these days that choosing the right builder can get confounding. Thus to help the prospective home/office buyers, Bren did a thorough research how to recognize a builder compatible with you, your budget and your needs. So, follow these tips and you’re much more likely to end up with your dream home – instead of a headache.
Define your needs
Before you talk to a builder, you must first define your needs. Determine a budget, the location, and type of property (such as flat, builder house, villa, condo) and make a list of what you are looking for in your new home, and a list of things you would like to have but that are not essential. The list should include the type of property, the size of the rooms/cabins, the number of bedrooms and washrooms etc. Furnishings such as wood work, modular kitchen or an air conditioning system are definitely interesting to have but keep in mind that you can always add them later.
Create a List of Possible Builders and Gather Quotes
Once you have thought about the type of house you want, create a list of potential builders in your price range. Local real estate agents can help you in your search. Then gather quotes from the list of builders you’ve collected. Make sure you understand what is included in each quote. Does the quote include kitchen cabinets, wooden flooring or any included appliances like a chimney, Air conditioner? Since the last thing you want to do is pay more than is necessary, the price quotes will help you do the necessary comparison.
Ask friends, neighbors, and relatives about the builders they have dealt with because nothing beats the recommendation of someone you know. They are a great source of names for reliable builders in your local area. You can also have a conversation with the owners of the homes (in the same vicinity) and ask how their homes have been enduring with time. Ask whether the house was completed on time, came in on the budget, met all their needs, about the quality of the construction and whatever else you feel you need to know.
Take a Tour of Model Homes
Once you’ve narrowed down a list of prospective builders, it is important that you make a visit to the model homes. They offer an opportunity to judge workmanship and the quality of materials and products that the builder deems appropriate. It can be a furnished and decorated model home or, it can be a home that is under construction. In either case, pay careful attention to the look, feel and quality of the home. Get down to the nitty-gritty’s and dig really deep into everything you notice that may be amiss. Maintenance is a fact of life for every homeowner, but you should be aware of the pitfalls you’ll be paying for. Also, do make notes so you can compare each builder later
Check Construction Quality
Buying home is a major undertaking, and you want to make sure you have complete peace of mind from the start that the right builders are doing the job for you. So look for signs of quality construction and attention to detail when you visit the homes above. Also, consider the building products that a builder uses and inspect the quality of the building by making a couple of visits.
Timely Completion of the Project
The best indication to recognize the quality of a builder is to know how many projects have been successfully accomplished by them; this will give you an idea as regards to their work experience and skills. A renowned builder will always share the workflow with starting scheduled date, end scheduled date along with details of every procedural step and when they will be executed.
Besides the questions of “How much does it cost?” and “When can we move in?” you should ask a builder every question that you think is important. For example “How much of Customization can be done against standardization” or “What are the estimated taxes on the property?”And, trust us the builder or sales representative will answer all your questions to make you a happy and satisfied home owner.
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