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Choices are good, but they can sometimes be overwhelming — especially when you are trying to decide which homebuilder to trust with the most important purchase you will ever make.
Cross Creek Ranch currently partners with 12 award-winning builders, all with sterling reputations and all prepared to create your dream home. How do you choose? Follow these tips to discover your perfect match.
What Type of Home Do You Need?
Before you choose a builder, you should pinpoint what type of home you need. Baby Boomers may prefer a single-story home while a growing family may need a larger home with lots of bedrooms. Define what is important to you. Do you want a gourmet kitchen, a media room or a luxury owner’s suite? Knowing what you want will help you decide which builder will meet your needs.
Do Your Research
The internet is a wonderful place and the first place many prospective homebuyers look. Visit builder websites to get an overview of the company, which communities they build in and the types of floor plans they offer. Make a list of the builders you like then delve deeper. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Call local Realtors. When you can, visit a builder’s recently built homes and communities.
It’s important to ask questions. Ask your builder representative for referrals; also ask on social media if there is anyone who owns a home by the builder you’re considering. Once connected with a current homeowner, consider asking such questions as “Are you happy with your home?” “If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly?” “Would you buy another home from this builder?”
Ask builder representatives questions, as well. Ask how much “customizing” can be done versus standard features, what is their warranty program and are there options in the floor plan — for example, can an outdoor kitchen or deck be added and whether or not some rooms can be left unfinished.
Tour the Models
There is no better way to get a feel for a builder than by visiting their model home. It can be a furnished and decorated model home that’s open to the public. Or, it can be a home the builder constructed for a past buyer that you visit by appointment. In either case, pay careful attention to the look, feel and quality of the home.
It may seem odd to be thinking about the resale value of your home before you’ve even purchased it, but it is something to consider. Good builders have good reputations and their homes tend to hold or maintain their value, which is a good indication that the builder uses high-quality products and stands behind what they build.