How to Choose Your Custom Home Builder

Oakland County Home Builders

When it comes to finding a custom home builder to build your new home, the four main things to look for are their type ofexperience, reputation, quality of work (portfolio), and years in the business. Most of the clients we work with have busy lives and lack our insider knowledge of construction, building codes, and ordinances, which is why we’re here to help give you a few tips to look for when finding someone to construct your new home.

As an Oakland County custom home builder, we encourage you to ask us and our competitors these informative questions.

What Type of Experience Do You Have?

When trying to select a builder, you need to make sure they understand the type of custom home you want to build.

You also want to make sure they have experience with the size and style you are looking to create. A builder who has built beautiful commercial projects may have a lot of experience with highrises and strong support structure, but do they know about residential needs like neighborhood codes and community aesthetic? 

Also, learn about the team they usually work with. Are they aware of things like electrical, plumbing, and environmentally friendly heating and cooling options, or are those departments usually outsourced and they focus mainly on architectural design?

When it comes to building a custom home, a builder’s type of experience can make a huge difference. 

Do You Have a Good Reputation in the Industry and Community? 

A builder’s reputation matters. Good standing with other builders is just as important as good standing with the community. 

Other builders may want your business, but can generally be trusted to give an approving nod to quality craftsmanship. 

You also want to be sure the builder you choose has a good reputation with local banks and suppliers since they will be communicating with them often during your custom home building project.

Cities and counties have different permit and approval processes that often require your builder to interact on your behalf. A builder that has poor relations with your community may have trouble securing permits in a timely manner, which could delay your project and break your budget.

What Does Your Portfolio Look Like?

You will want to set up an appointment with the builder to look at their project portfolio and understand their approach to homebuilding.

Be sure to look at the quality and craftsmanship of the homes they have built and ask how they handle challenges in the process. Note that just because a home may appear a certain way, that doesn’t mean it was constructed with durability and high quality in mind.

Don’t be afraid to ask about the supplies a builder usually works with, and if you suggest a higher quality material than what they’re familiar with be sure to make a mental note.

How Many Years Do You Have in Custom Home Design?

You may want to consider an experienced custom home builder with tenure. This can give you confidence that the project will be seen through completion, and that the skill set needed is there.

Builders who are starting out may not be able to see a project through to completion should something go wrong in their personal lives. Without the backing of a dynamic team, you run the risk of someone also abandoning a project after they’ve gotten paid enough.

A custom home building group with at least 10 years of custom home design experience can give you peace of mind when it comes to your project.

Ready to Build with Kastler?

Kastler Construction Inc. is happy to build high quality, custom homes that have distinctive character and true customization down to the smallest detail. Kastler Construction Inc. has been serving the Metro Detroit Tri-County area for over 25 years and our team of expert builders will assist you throughout the entire home building process. If you’re looking for more information on custom home building, contact us online or by phone at (248) 665-5580 for a consultation. Our Oakland County construction team can’t wait to start on your project!