A Wide Range of Plans to Suit all Lifestyles

10 Jul 2014

Competitive Homes have one of the most extensive and varied range of house plans online, visit the Competitive Homes website to view all of their house plans online.

Once you have found you ideal house plans online, you then need to select a builder to make it a reality. It is of utmost importance that you invest research into the company they will choose to build their home. Verifying the integrity and craftsmanship of a building contractor may take a bit of your time but, will ensure the lifelong quality of the work you’ve contracted. In certain areas contractors have garnered mixed reputations. Tales of “Fly By Night” contractors that disappear with deposits exist! A homeowner must take steps to protect themselves. There are various resources to help you make decisions.

The internet can clue you in to well-marketed contractors, they have lovely shiny websites and heaps of house plans online, but, dig deeper and make sure they are all they say they are, ask around and see if you know of anybody who has experienced them in the past. Many prefer to choose a builder that has been referred to them by somebody close; somebody that has recently had work performed by that builder. Many times this is a builder’s greatest lead source so, as a general rule: This is the best way to find your match.

After narrowing down your list of house plans online and your list of reputable builders, meet with each of them to gauge their attention to detail. Does one builder have rock-bottom prices with few options that leaves you asking several questions about your prospective project? The next contractor may be significantly more expensive but, they’ve left no stone unturned and came up with a thoroughly detailed proposal that leaves you wondering how the previous contractor makes a living doing the same thing. Quality of contracting work is a broad spectrum of success. Details in proposals will give you clues as to what level of attention your project will receive.

The most important evaluation one must make when hiring a builder is to go with instinct. While a lower overall price may seem appealing, it may not always be the value for your money. Many builders are pushy when seeking deposits as, most times, a bit of profit margin has been worked into the initial payment. Beware of pushy builders that call to ‘follow up’ the day after they’ve delivered a contract. Gauge these character traits and the professional demeanor of all companies that you interview because, first impressions are lasting impressions. Allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to evaluate the information you’ve gathered and, ask yourself one last question: Do you see yourself working with this person for the next few months? If so, then, you’ve found the right builder!

If you find a house plan online that you are interested in, contact Competitive Homes and discuss your options for building as is or altering those online house plans to suit your family, lifestyle and section.


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