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Finding a Builder

michiganbuilderYou have found your dream piece of lakefront property. You are already imaging yourself sitting on your deck overlooking the water. Now what are you going to do? Who are you going to call?

The best way to find your builder is by referral. Talk with someone you know who has had a good experience with a builder and make sure they were satisfied and had no surprises. The work was done on time, within budget and was completed to their expectations.

You could also call local lumber companies and ask for a referral or two. They know the builders and work with them on a daily basis. Consider making an inquiry at the local homebuilder associations and ask for a referral. If you are unsure what questions to ask a builder, the association may be able to tell you what things to watch out for. Most quality builders are members of an association, staying on top of trends in the industry.

As you talk with different builders, ask them for references. A good builder will have references and will be happy to provide them for you. Then call the references, often people do not call the references and this is a mistake.

Always ask for a written detailed quote. This quote will be based on the information you have given them regarding your specific wants and needs . When comparing quotes from different builders, make sure they are quoting the same work. Beware of any builder unwilling to provide a written quote. To prepare a quote will take a builder some time. Some builders will charge a fee for their bid. Many will credit the fee to the price of the building job, if they are awarded the contract.

As with any business, anyone who is good at what they do will be busy. I would rather wait for just the right builder than to work with someone who can start tomorrow.

Lastly, never be in a hurry, do not let yourself be pressured and take your time. A lakefront home is well worth the wait.

Written by Dave.