Selecting a builder is one of the most important decisions to make during your custom home building process. Do not take the decision lightly. Take the time to thoroughly research prospective custom homebuilders in Arlington, VA. Check references from current and past clients and meet builders face-to-face to make sure that your vision aligns with their expertise. Before a final decision, you should feel confident and comfortable that you’re making the right choice for you and your family. Feelings of trepidation or uncertainty about the process or end result are both red flags to continue your search.
Here are a few steps to help you select a quality and qualified builder in Arlington, VA and elsewhere in Northern Virginia.
First and foremost, define your needs. Think carefully and clearly about the size, style, and price range of the home you and your family need and can afford.
Another item that should be at the top of your list is experience. While every builder has to start with his or her first project, don’t let a new builder use your home as a “guinea pig”. With 20 years of experience, Suburban’s team has built hundreds of homes in a wide range of styles and locations. Our reputation for excellence is unparalleled in the Northern Virginia luxury custom home market. Our qualified and certified team will oversee your home building process from financing through construction, including permitting and inspections, to finally welcoming you home – all within an agreed upon timeframe.
Next, do some background checking to ensure that past buyers and current clients are satisfied with the process:
- Did the builder manage client budget expectations and stay within the agreed upon costs?
- Did the end result look like what they had envisioned in the beginning?
- Would a past client choose the builder again or recommend to a family member?
- Ask for specifics about why a client chose that builder– what set them apart in their mind?
Check to see if the builder has all state-required licenses and insurances and has experience working in the area where you’re seeking to build your home. Each town and municipality has differing permitting requirements and it’s helpful if the builder already has established relationships in that neighborhood.
Does the builder provide a warranty that makes you feel confident in their work? Suburban Builders provides a comprehensive warranty on the home and stands behind it even after the warranty is completed. We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes and if something is not up to par – even past the warranty timeframe – we most likely go in and fix it free of charge. Our reputation is everything and word of mouth drives our future business.
Look at the resale value of past homes from the builder. Do they increase in value or at the very least maintain their value over time? One way to investigate this is to reach out to a few local qualified realtors to see if they are familiar with the builder and the average resale value of their homes.
Finally, and there is no substitute for this step, visit some “sample” homes built by the builder. Look for signs of quality in the workmanship and materials used.
When you’re ready, give us a call or set up an appointment so we can help you design and build your luxury custom home in Northern Virginia.