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How to Choose a Custom Home Builder

Don’t settle for anything less than the best.

One of the most exciting achievements and milestones in any person’s life is building a custom home. But before you can celebrate with balloons, ice cream and cake, you need to choose a custom home builder who has the ability to turn your home dreams into a reality.

After decades of partnering with builders in the window and door installation process, these are our top tips for choosing a quality home builder.

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Photo by Jill Mansfield Interiors

Do Your Homework
Trying to find a builder you can trust to build a home that will last for years and years to come can feel a little overwhelming at first. The best way to start narrowing down the process is to do a little bit of online research and start making a list of potential leads. After you’ve browsed a few builder portfolios, look into reviews and recommendations from friends and family members.

If people have had a bad experience with a builder on your list, you can cross their company name off the list, or give them a call for clarification and further investigation.

Make Time for a Drive-by
You can tell a lot about a builder by the way they keep their job sites. One of the best ways to separate quality builders from ticky-tacky builders is to drive by a house they are working on and evaluate the condition of the site on a weekly basis. Do they immediately start framework after the foundation has been laid? Is there trash everywhere you look? Does the site look disorganized? These are all telltale signs of poor building quality.

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Consider Home Warranties
Home warranties vary from builder to builder, but generally offer coverage on work and materials related to windows, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of custom builders, compare warranty duration and details to see who offers the best coverage.

Choose the Right Fit
While exciting, the custom home building process can be long and arduous. Make sure you choose a build and design team who takes time to listen to and make a connection with you. If you care about quality, make sure they are dedicated to ensuring quality materials and construction practices for all areas of the home, including the window and door installation process.

The bottom line? Pick the builder who you feel confident will do the job right the first time and get you into your dream home as smoothly as possible.

This article was written by

Kolbie Creger, Social Media Specialist

An Instagram enthusiast and tiny house fanatic, Kolbie is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on social media and brand strategy. In true Iowa fashion, her free time varies by season. You can find her in the gym coaching high school basketball throughout the winter, attempting to roller blade through downtown Des Moines in the spring, and sipping iced coffee on the back of a boat every other chance she gets.

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