Three Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing a Calgary Custom Home Builder

Published August 29, 2018.
Est. Reading: 3 minutes

Once you have decided that you are ready to build your custom home, and have considered all the pros and cons of building a custom home vs. buying an existing home, the next step is to search for the right builder for you.  Selecting a builder is not only a matter of quality and craftsmanship but also the compatibility and vision that your builder has with you. After all, you will build a relationship with your Calgary custom home builder and will be in constant communication through all the stages of the construction process.

In our articles 3 Tips for choosing your Custom Home Builder and 5 Important Things to Consider When Comparing Calgary Custom Home Builders we give you many factors to consider when interviewing builders. But when you are in the builder search process, it is also essential to know the most common mistakes that other homeowners have encountered and avoid them to have a more comfortable and positive building experience when selecting a home builder. 

Choosing a Calgary Builder that Doesn’t Forecast Delays 

As experienced builders in Calgary, at Sunset Homes, we know that time and schedule are essential factors when you are considering builders. Each custom home has a different design and may entail a different degree of difficulty. Therefore the schedule and timeline for your home to be completed might vary. On the one hand, ask your potential builder for an average of time that has taken to complete similar projects and also let them know if you have an approximate date you would like to move in. Then it will be easier for your builder to try and accommodate your wishes.

When you go for unrealistic schedules that don’t anticipate delays and complications due to weather conditions, especially in places with long winters, you might end up frustrated when your builder doesn't achieve their targeted timeline. Conversely, if you go for a builder that organizes your custom home construction to meet milestones and accounts for extra time anticipating delays, then you will be able to have a more realistic and positive experience while building your new custom home. 

Forgetting about The Importance of your Custom Home Design

When dealing with custom homes and custom builders, there are a plethora of options for you. When selecting a custom home builder in Calgary, put emphasis on design compatibility. When you go with a traditional builder with the idea of an ultra-modern home, the chances are that you are not going to be completely happy when your new home is complete. Choose a builder that builds similar styles of what you envision for your new dream home, and overall, a builder that can be open to communication and is able to understand your ideas, but at the same time make pertinent suggestions to keep both your schedule and budget aligned.

Not Getting Access to your Construction Budget

Building a custom home is a significant investment. Whether building to sell or building your forever home, your construction budget is always sensitive and plays a vital role when selecting the right builder for you. Some homeowners choose a builder that can provide the lower cost with the right building materials. Nevertheless, it is vital not to forget to request comprehensive quotes and have a detailed and transparent budget. Ask your builder to consider any potential additional costs based on other projects to avoid a bad experience in the future.

Furthermore, don’t assume that the cheaper quote is the best one. Compare the quality of the building materials used and the overall experience and transparency that your Calgary builder can offer. Don’t forget to ask if there are any items excluded from the quotes or any unexpected charge that can happen in the future. In that way, planning your budget, taking educated decisions through the construction process, and selecting a builder can become a more positive experience. 

Now that you are aware of these three common mistakes homeowners make while selecting a builder to take a look at the right questions to ask a builder, what to consider when comparing builders, and don’t miss the must-have memberships that can make your Calgary builder the right for you.

Ready to choose Sunset Homes as your Calgary custom home builder? Contact us today! We will prepare an estimate for your new custom build or major renovation, and provide you with the right tools for every step of the custom home building process.

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Too Long Didn't Read (TLDR)

When looking for the right Calgary builder for you, avoid these three mistakes: choosing a Calgary builder that doesn’t forecast delays, forgetting about the importance of your custom home design, and not getting access to your construction budget.

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