Choosing the Right Home Builder in Albuquerque

Aerial view of home being built

It can be daunting to begin the process of building a custom home rather than buying one of the existing ones in Albuquerque. You know what you're getting when you buy an existing home. There is a lot of uncertainty when doing a custom build.

Choosing a home builder is the first thing you need to do.

What you should know about choosing a builder and some tips to help you along the way are detailed below.

Exactly What is a Home Builder?

This may sound like an obvious question, but not so much. The term home builder has a broad definition. Builders are contractors who construct residential housing, but there are subcategories of home builders.

There are home builders available for hire. An in-house team of professionals works for the company you hire. It is a turnkey project that the team manages from start to finish.

A general contractor is another option. The general contractor will hire and manage workers. Your house will be built by this contractor. General contractors also obtain building permits and materials.

It may be that you hire your own architect to design your home, and then you hire a general contractor to build it.

An agreement with a general contractor typically includes a fee of up to 20% of the project's cost, which covers the contractor's services.

There are also the options of hiring project managers or hiring a construction management company. Subcontractors may be hired and materials may be obtained, and they may charge fees for overseeing the project.

Choosing The Right Builder in Albuquerque

Knowing the different types of homebuilders, how can you select the best one for your project?

  • Identify your niche. Considering your budget, home size, and style are all important when building a house. Ensure that the company you choose specializes in the niche that your home falls under. You wouldn't hire a company specializing in luxury properties if you were building a starter home.
  • Prepare a list of the most important things to you and a clear vision of what you want before you start talking to builders.
  • When comparing contractors, ask to see examples of their work. Furthermore, you'll want to know how long the company has been operating.
  • You can learn a lot about contractors from online reviews.
  • Credentials should be checked before hiring a builder. The state license and insurance should be up-to-date.
  • What kind of warranty does the builder offer?
  • A builder's recently built homes should be viewed in person, and if possible, you should take a tour, although this isn't always possible.
Questions to Ask Builders

At least three builders should be interviewed. You must have a clear understanding of what your expectations and timeline are before you do this, as was discussed above.

Among the questions you should ask are whether or not they are willing to provide references and if they offer a guarantee. Once you select a builder, every detail of what you agree upon should be in writing, including how allowances are determined, the type of materials they use (such as copper or plastic plumbing), and how you will work together.

You should call references provided by potential builders. Vendors and subcontractors should also be contacted.

As a first step, you might consider contacting your local home builder's association. They can provide you with a list of local builders.

In addition to real estate agents, such as Sandi Pressley and her team, you may be able to get help from friends or relatives who have worked with a builder.

Building your own home in Albuquerque can be an exciting and life-changing experience. Make sure it’s a positive decision by following these tips above.