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Front Page - Friday, July 19, 2019

Find a builder who’s right for you

If you’re thinking about buying a newly built home in Chattanooga or one of our many surrounding communities, you’ll first have to find a quality homebuilder. Working with an experienced, professional builder can make a difference when it comes to creating your dream home.

Seeking out a homebuilder that will meet your expectations involves targeted research and asking the right questions. Below are some steps you can take to find a builder who’s right for you.

Make a list of potential builders

With so many companies to choose from, the best first step is to make a list of potential builders. Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga has a list of qualified builders who work in this area.

If you want to add more names to your list, consider reviewing the real estate section of the local newspaper for builders and projects. Many builders advertise what type of homes they construct and might offer a price range.

Another great source is local real estate agents or asking friends and relatives for recommendations.

Ask questions

Once you’ve generated a robust list of potential builders, reach out and ask questions. You can start by asking about associated costs in the short and long term such as financing options, fees, homeowner’s association dues and estimated taxes on the property.

Don’t forget to secure references of recent buyers. A professional builder will be able to provide you with names and contact information of customers.

When you connect with a reference, talk to them about their experience working with the builder in terms of planning, timelines and budgeting.

Get to know your builder

Once you’ve narrowed your list, make sure the builder has substantial experience building the type of home you want. You can ask to see model homes, example floor plans and design options.

Some builders have professional designations (for example, Certified Green Builder), which are a sign the builder has expertise in a specific area of building.

Establish communication expectations

Before you agree to work with a homebuilder, make sure to establish communication expectations. You both should agree on how often to connect to discuss updates throughout the project. It’s best to determine what communication channel (email, text or phone) fits your needs.

Taking this small but important step will help eliminate any confusion in the home building process and avoid damaging your relationship with your builder.

To find local home building professionals and learn more about the home building process, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at www.HBAGC.net.