Many people, when it comes time to build or remodel their home, choose a builder based solely on cost per square foot. Obviously, cost will be a factor in your decision, but your peace of mind and the quality of the workmanship and materials should also be important considerations because you’re going to be living with the results of this major decision for years, decades, or generations. There are some specific things you should look for in choosing between Downers Grove builders, because they indicate that you’re talking to a reputable and experienced contractor who will give you the end results you want, on time and on budget, and no nasty surprises during or after the process.
- Clear Communications – Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, you undoubtedly have ideas of what you want, and don’t want, in your home. When you talk to a homebuilder about your project, do you have a sense that they’ve listened to your desires and needs and have a genuine understanding of the results you want? Are they presenting their proposals and ideas in a clear and complete way that you understand? You’re going to be partnered with your builder for the duration of your project and working closely together, so you need to be confident that you’re communicating and cooperating well, right from the start.
- State-Of-The Art Techniques & Materials – One way that inferior builders cut costs is by taking shortcuts in design and construction, and using lower-quality materials. Most people expect their homes to stand for decades, so you want to build with the best materials you can afford and from a design that takes your family’s health and comfort into account, along with important things like energy-efficient features that will save you money in the future. A quality builder will present you with options that achieve your stated goals and offer additional benefits you may not have known were available to you.
- Written Estimate – Once you’ve discussed design and materials for your build, a reputable home builder will provide you a written estimate that specifies the work to be done, the materials that will be used, any additional expenses (such as required inspections), and a timetable, which should include a firm completion date, as well as benchmark dates for intermediate goals. The estimate should also specify the process and charges for change orders, just in case.
- Material Warranties & Construction Guarantee – Your builder should offer you quality materials backed by a manufacturer’s warranty, and a guarantee of their workmanship, as well. Before you commit to working with a builder, find out what warranties and guarantees you’ll be getting when you work with them.
Quality Builders And Quality Materials
If you’re in search of Downers Grove builders or remodelers, the professional builders at Barriere Construction will bring decades of experience in design and construction of high-performance homes to work on your project. We specialize in creating stylish homes from eco-friendly and energy-efficient materials, which provide our customers cleaner, healthier homes with reduced energy use and environmental impact. Contact us to discuss your project and we’ll help you create the home you’ve been dreaming of.