Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 6, 2017 7:50:51 AM
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Building a custom home is unlike any other experience. You get to make your dream home a reality, with precisely the location, floor plan, and features you’ve always wanted in a house.

But you can’t make it through the process alone. You’ll need a custom homebuilder that can help you bring your vision to life. Choosing the right builder may seem intimidating right now—but by prioritizing a few important items, you’ll be better prepared to find the ideal company for your needs.

When you’re ready to start building your custom home, remember to look for a builder with these six key traits:

1. Extensive experience.

One of the most important features of a custom homebuilder is a long and successful history of crafting homes in your area. Over the years, many builders come and go. But one of the telltale signs of a quality company is standing the test of time. For example, Adair Homes has built more than 17,000 custom homes in the Pacific Northwest over the last 47 years—a sign that we are truly meeting our customers’ needs.

2. Happy customers.

Another perk of choosing a builder with a lot of experience is that you get to hear what its existing customers think of the work it does. Look for other homeowners who have shared their experience with the builder, like the ones here. This will help you get a sense of how smoothly the building process goes, as well as how the company treats its customers.

3. A strong presence in the region.

One of the perks of building a custom home is the opportunity to choose your perfect piece of land, whether it’s nestled on the edge of a quiet suburb or tucked in the middle of 10 remote acres. You might be shopping for land now, or you might already own the perfect plot. Either way, you can make the homebuilding process easier on yourself by selecting a builder that has several design locations in your area. You’ll likely be stopping by the design center several times during the build, and choosing a well-established builder ensures that you never have to travel far for support.

4. Assistance with home design, site evaluation, property development, and more.

Investing in a custom home can feel a bit scary at first. After all, you want everything to go just right, and there are a lot of steps to the process. It’s no wonder buyers are drawn to those builders that help them through the process, including home design and floor-plan customization, financing, site evaluation, and property development—and without countless upcharges. Also, look for a builder that has great reviews for communicating with its customers at every stage of the process—because staying “in the loop” is important so that you can ensure everything turns out the way you want.

5. A commitment to energy efficiency.

Your custom home is among the most important investments you’ll ever make, and it’s important that you make the most of every dollar spent. Today, one of the best ways to make the most of your money is to work with an ENERGY STAR–certified builder. Look for a company that enables energy savings through more efficient heating and cooling systems, lighting, and appliances, as well as proper insulation. Partnering with an ENERGY STAR builder can save you about a third on your energy bills, while also making your home a greener, more sustainable place.

6. Quality brand-name products that come standard.

You want your custom home to have the highest-quality finishes, including appliances, flooring, roofing, and paint. That’s part of what makes it a dream home. But many builders charge extra for brand-name products—an approach that makes you spend more to get what you expected. That’s why it’s helpful (and more affordable) to work with a builder that offers brand-name products standard on every home. This will help you rest assured that every aspect of your home will look beautiful and work as it should, for years to come.

Are you ready to find out more about custom homebuilding with Adair Homes? Visit our website to learn more about what sets us apart.