5 Things to do When Building a New Home

There’s a lot of research and planning that goes into building a new home. Here, we broke down five things that will help the process.


Do Your Research. Choose a builder with a good reputation for quality, customer service, and ethics. Asking friends and colleagues about their personal building experiences will be very telling. A good referral from a friend or colleague says a lot. On the other hand, if they had a poor experience with their contractor, odds are high that you will, too.


Look for Financial Stability.  When interviewing builders, ask for not only a client reference list, but also a financial reference list which includes contacts for banking relationships. A financially stable builder should have no problem furnishing this list for you. You can also check with the State of Minnesota labor department to inquire about a builder’s license status, as well as if they have any judgments against them. Building a home is a large investment, and you’ll want to work with someone who will be in business during and after construction to warranty your home.



Take time in Detsign / Planning.  When working with a builder, their designer, and/or an architect through design, it is important not to rush things. Of course, everybody gets excited when they want to build a new home. However, if you take your time to design your dream home, it will be a better thought-out design, and you will be much happier with the finished product.


Get a Construction Schedule.  Have your contractor put together a detailed construction schedule. This schedule should include everything from groundbreaking, all the way to move-in day, and all of the milestone and selection dates in-between. Scheduling is a “team sport,” and having a detailed construction schedule will ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal of completing the home on (or ahead of) schedule.


Utilize High Quality Building Materials. Spending more on high-quality windows, waterproofing methods, and framing materials on the front end will save you from maintenance issues and headaches in the long-term. In other words, do not cut corners that will affect the longevity of your home just to save a buck .

excerpt from Midwest Home Magazine

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