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Old 10-17-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Need advice from folks as to how someone finds a reputable/quality builder. How do we know if builders currently putting up homes in a subdivision are good or bad in regard to quality?? Any and all advice is welcome. TIA.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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I would talk to some people in the neighborhood who had their house built by that company....

See if anyone has a problem with the current builder or has problems getting things fixed...
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
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And regardless of the builders' reputation, have a licensed inspector do phase inspections during the building process.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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You can also google them to learn of any bad publicity. Good luck.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Need advice from folks as to how someone finds a reputable/quality builder. How do we know if builders currently putting up homes in a subdivision are good or bad in regard to quality?? Any and all advice is welcome. TIA.
There are all good responses above. I have written an article regarding checking out builders and contractors. I am not allowed to post my links so I PM'ed you the link and additional information.

Good luck and please come back to shared your methods with the rest of us so we can all learn more and better ways to check out builders and contractors!
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Thanks to all who posted for the info. and advice!
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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I'll add one more comment- ask people who their project manager or superintendent was. Because just because you hire a good overall firm does not mean you are actually getting the better employees. Also make sure they have either similar experience or are capable of adjusting well to your home. I've dealt with a couple of contractractors that have mind numbing diferences in the quality/skill of diferent supers and in their ability to handle diferent jobs.

And the diference between mid-level and high end, semi-custom and true custom homes spec built homes vs one with a client can be pretty big. The bigger diferences are typically commnication, level of finishes and amount of coordination requires as opposed to the work itself; some people cannot move from niche to niche no matter how competent they are overall.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Thanks, mrpeatie!
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: South East
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Do your research for sure! Look at the homes they have built and ask if the owners are satisfied. Make sure they are capable of all scopes of work and that they have been in business for a while. So many people decided to be builders when the building industry was booming and now those people are no longer in business, the homes they built are terrible, and the current owners have no-one to call when there is a problem.

Testimonials from past clients and speaking with some of the subcontractors the builder works with can also provide you with information on the particular contractor.

Good Luck!!
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