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How to Develop a 'Short-List' of Contractors for New Homes in Virginia

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By : Jayson Gibson    99 or more times read
Making the decision to build a new home is one that is never made lightly. Above all else, getting full value for new homes in Virginia by choosing the best contractor for you is key. It is essential that your contractor is one that you trust and that has the expertise, knowledge and technical skills to construct your dream home. Remember, this will be an extensive project, and you must choose a contractor who will deal with you fairly and professionally.

Fortunately, there are numerous qualified contractors who build new homes in Virginia. By taking the time and effort required, you can assure that you’ll be entering into a contract with the builder that is right for you. Keep in mind that when buying new homes in Virginia, you are buying the builder as well, so be sure to pay at least as much attention when making your decision for a contractor as you spent designing your dream home! By asking (at a minimum) the following questions, you can weed out the less desirable builders and develop a short list for further consideration:

  1. Are you a member of NAHB? The mission of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is “to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry. Chief among NAHB’s goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing.”

  2. How many homes have you built in the past 3 years (by year)? It is essential that you have a feel for the type and style of construction a builder is comfortable with, as well as determining the quality of their building materials and crews. Remember: each contractor will show you his best work, so if it’s sub-par—continue to the next candidate!

  3. How many homes do you have scheduled/expect to build this year? This, in conjunction with #3 will give you a feel for the growth experienced by this contractor. You can also get a good idea of whether this builder is too busy to provide the attention you deserve.

  4. How long do you estimate it will take to complete construction on my home? This will give you a feel for how long you will be displaced and also, an idea of this candidate’s ability to be forthcoming. If you have determined in #3 that this builder is much too busy to complete your home in his estimated time frame, delve deeper into his/her ability to meet deadlines.

  5. What about inclement weather? Any contractor should figure inclement weather into his estimated completion. Be certain that this candidate has done so.

  6. How long have you been in business? Unless you know the contractor personally, it takes at least 3 years to establish a track record. Although, for some homeowners, this is not a point for concern. Remember—there is no wrong answer, just what makes you feel comfortable or uncomfortable in choosing a working partner!
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