Pick the best Los Angeles contractor for a new build
You’re thinking of building a home, but where do you start? Of all the important decisions that go into building a new home, choosing the right Los Angeles contractor is crucial. With as much time and money that will be invested into your home construction, how do you know that you are getting the right builder for your project?
Start by considering these five tips to help get the building process started.
1. What kind of home do you want? Think long and hard about what exactly it is you want and make a list of all the desired qualities. How many square feet are you hoping for? How many floors? How many rooms? Any special features like porches or turrets? Keep a list so that when you interview potential builders you can discuss these.
2. Consider your price range. Have you been approved for a building and/or mortgage loan yet? Knowing how much you are able and willing to pay for your new construction home is an important consideration. Keep this price tag in mind when you begin interviewing builders and make sure to find one who is agreeable to work within your budget.
3. Make your own list. Compile a list of builders you might like to work with based on recommendations from friends, family or neighbors. Search Angie’s List to find reports from members to read what they thought of the recent work done by Los Angeles contractors at their homes. Amy Armstrong recently hired highly rated Advanced Builders and Contractors of Tarzana, Calif., to complete several room additions to her house.
“The whole company as a whole was excellent,” she says of the contractors’ service. “I don’t think our project could have gone smoother.”
4. Interview the builders. Now that you have a list of builders, start contacting them. You will want to find out:
- What homes have they recently built?
- Would the homeowners be willing to talk to you?
- Do they have experience with the features you put on your checklist?
- How long do they expect the project to take?
5. Check for yourself. Ask for addresses or neighborhoods of the builders’ previous constructions. Drive by the homes to see their work firsthand. If a homeowner is available to talk, ask about their experience with the home builder. Find out what worked and what they liked. Ask for any negatives and what they wish they would have done differently.