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Make Sure Home Building And Home Remodeling Contractors Have The Requisite Experience

January 30th, 2011

Copyright © 2011 Gerry Stringer

Homebuilders come in a variety of types and focuses, and it is important for people looking to change their housing situation to make sure they are dealing with a builder who best meets their needs.

Many home building companies market themselves in a variety of different market sectors when in fact they specialize in one or the other and may lack the necessary expertise and experience in one or more of the market subgroups. The main homebuilding subgroups fall into four key categories:

–Custom Home Builders –Semi-custom Home Builders –Production Home Builders –Remodeling Builders.

Custom home builders, generally speaking, build one-of-a-kind homes on land owned by the homeowner, with each new project designed as a site-specific design with a unique set of plans. In homebuilding, those who build only single-family homes and homebuilding companies that build fewer than 25 homes per year are categorized as low-volume and these are truly considered custom homebuilders. This set of home builders generally focuses on the high-end market and often order comprehensive services including turn-key design/build, finance counseling and site selection. Custom homebuilders can build homes virtually anywhere.

Semi-custom home builders are most often found in in pre-platted “custom home developments,” and often come from an approved list of builders pre-selected by the developers. While these home may be substantially custom in nature, construction within these communities is often limited by community covenants which can restrict such things as size, house orientation on the lot, housing style, landscaping options, color and type choices for roofs and exterior wall treatments, and even home values. Semi-custom homebuilders are often subsidiaries of production homebuilders specializing in high-end developments, and they may build hundreds of such homes each year in many communities throughout the country.

Production home builders generally build on land they own, or within community developments where they have been pre-approved as a builder. These types of builders tend to use stock plans and designs for the homes they build, but often offer a variety of floor plans and a menu of amenity options for such things as wall and floor coverings, cabinetry, fixtures and appliances, fencing, garage size, basement finishes, windows and more.

Those who specialize in making existing homes new through additions or reconstruction are remodeling homebuilders. Remodeling homebuilders often have extensive experience with out-dated construction methods and housing codes, so they understand how older homes were built and what it takes to transform them into modern homes. Remodeling homebuilders also can be found with their own set of subgroups, with firms that specialize in one or more specific types of popular remodeling projects, such as remodeling kitchens, bathrooms and basements, for instance.

Each type of homebuilder is an important part of the homebuilding marketplace and performs valuable services for its clients. However, it is important to ensure the company and its personnel have demonstrated construction experience in their field, which is why experts advise potential homebuyers or remodelers to extensively research homebuilding contractors and their niches. Experts also recommend checking with resources including Better Business Bureaus and former clients to check for grievances or disgruntled consumers.

Gerry Stringer is a seasoned real estate professional in Colorado and he has worked with many Denver home builders on remodeling projects and custom homes and he understands how important it is to hire someone with the appropriate experience level and prior home building projects.

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