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

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Hiring a Contractor
It's common for service companies to screen potential customers. But home improvement contractors need to be tactful when they ask questions.
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Hiring a Contractor
Dear Angie: What are the risks if I hired a remodeling contractor who is not bonded or insured? – M.K., Santa Maria, California.
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Dear Angie: Can we get a building permit after a room addition was built by a contractor? We had a room added to our mobile home but the construction firm did not get a building permit. Can we get the firm to get a permit retroactively? What should we do? – K.J. S., Trenton, South Carolina
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Dear Angie: We’re planning a remodeling project. What paperwork, such as proof of insurance or certifications, should I request? – Brent M., Chicago Heights, Illinois
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Dear Angie: What is the average length of a workmanship warranty? We’re planning a kitchen and bath remodel and what to know what to expect from a contractor. ̶ Catherine H., Lakewood, Washington
 
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