Building one's dream home starts with a plan, design, and budget.  Finding the right home builder to pull off the project is who another matter.  It's important to get multiple quotes from different home builders near you before signing anything.  Talk with local governments over zoning and other programs including possible rebates.  Always be sure to have the proper permits and insurance before starting any work.

Many folks work with planned developments so they are limited in certain styles or floorplan configurations, but custom home builders are able to produce home's from scratch with unique designs and elements that are envisioned by a professional architect.  An experienced home builder will be able to provide many details about the project and keep you informed throughout the process.

Homebuilders

contractor shows homeowner unexpected issues during remodel (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Hiring a Contractor
An addendum to the original contract, change orders ensure that both the service provider and customer sign the dotted line before making changes to a job.
Hiring a Contractor
Opportunities abound for skilled tradespeople.
Contractor drilling into wood.
Hiring a Contractor
What trait leads to the most satisfied homeowners with their home improvement projects?
general contractor standing on roof
Hiring a Contractor
Not everyone has the talent, skill and dedication required to be a good general contractor or carpenter.
Hiring a Contractor
When gas prices skyrocket, some contractors have no choice but to pass price increases onto customers through surcharges or in base rates. Some contractors are responding to higher gas prices by adjusting their routes, giving group rates and having their customers pre-pay so they don't have to pass that cost on. Companies that decide to add service fees or adjust costs to cover transportation should be upfront about it, and consumers should ask first about added charges before they hire.
 
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