Selecting the right home building firm for your needs and for the type of new home you seek is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your home buying process.

Fortunately, New Home Source offers some proven ways to speed up the research and selection process and to help ensure that you find a quality builder who’s a good match to construct your new home.

1. Define your needs. What size, type and price range of home do you need?
2. Experience counts. While every builder was once a new builder, experience matters.
3. Are past buyers satisfied? Ask for – and check – references from past home buyers.
4. Verify the builder is licensed (where required) and adequately insured.
5. Is there a design fit? Does this builder have expertise in the style of home you seek?
6. Warranty and service. How does this builder stack up for each?
7. Resale value. Have past homes from this builder maintained or increased value?
8. Industry involvement. Is the builder a member of the local Home Builder’s Association?
9. Tour model homes or customer homes. There’s absolutely no substitute for this step.
10. Look for signs of quality. In workmanship, materials and practices when you tour these homes.

Here’s a bit more detail on each step above:

Define your needs: While some builders construct a broad range of homes, many builders also specialize in a specific type of home, price range, or style. For example, not many firms build starter homes for first-time buyers and also multi-million dollar homes for affluent custom home buyers. The building materials, trade contractors and even the building process itself can differ greatly by type and price of home. Look for a fit here.

Experience counts: Every home building firm (including the most experienced and well-regarded companies today) once built their first home. And many new home building firms were started by experienced veterans of other builders. Don’t overly discount a new firm – especially if their team includes seasoned pros – but do look for strong experience overall and in the type of home you seek.

Are past home buyers satisfied? Many builders offer customer references and referrals. If not, ask. And in either case, follow up. A few great questions to ask: Would you buy another home from this builder? Or recommend them to close friends or family? And don’t forget to ask for the key reasons why a past home buyer would or would not recommend a builder.

Is the builder licensed and insured? Not every state or area requires builders to be licensed, but make sure that you work with a licensed builder in such areas. Ask about the insurance that the builder and his or her trade contractors carry. Make sure that they and you are covered during the building process.

Is there a design fit? A builder whose entire portfolio consists of contemporary homes may not be the best fit for that highly traditional home you seek – and vice-versa. While many builders have expertise in a variety of design styles and architectural details, in general, look for a builder whose work includes at least some examples of the style of home you want.

Warranty and service: One of the top advantages of new construction is that your home itself and most of the products, systems and components it contains are brand-new and under warranty. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that major repairs or a new roof are likely years away is important. In addition, look for a structural warranty of ten years or longer on the home itself, ideally transferable to a new owner should you sell. Also look for a builder who provides prompt and courteous service under warranty and who takes time to explain the proper maintenance and care that any home needs.

Resale Value: Good reputations follow good builders, among homeowners and Realtors. Look for builders whose homes tend to hold or maintain their value. Granted, the last few years saw some declines in home value, for one of the first times in history due to the market. So this is not an exact science, but where you see a builder’s homes maintain or increase in value, that’s a good sign. Also look for Realtor ads that specifically mention the name of a builder for a home for sale that’s now five or seven years old. That Realtor clearly sees the builder’s brand name as a big plus.

Industry Involvement: Not every good builder chooses to join their local Home Builder Association, so don’t place too much emphasis on this. However, such membership does tend to show that a builder is committed for the long-term to the area. It’s also a sign of commitment to new home community developers, building product suppliers and trade contractors that work in your city or town.

Tour model homes and/or homes this builder built for past buyers: Once you’ve narrowed down a list of prospective builders using the criteria above, this is the most important step. Nothing substitutes for touring a home built by a builder on your short list. 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.

Look for signs of quality: Look for signs of quality construction and attention to detail when you visit the homes above. Also consider the building products that a builder uses. Are they brands with well-earned reputations for quality? What about the homes under construction you passed on the way to the completed model home? Were there signs of care and attention there, as well?

Last, look for the quality of people who work for the builder: Did the builder’s employees show sincere interest in you and your needs? Did they listen carefully? Did they provide good answers to your questions? Were they courteous, prompt and professional in your interactions with them in the model home, sales center or builder’s office?

With the ten steps above, you’ll be well on your way to selecting a Colorado Springs home builder who’s a good fit for you, your needs, and the new home you’ll build together.

About MasterBilt Homes:  Award-winning interior design…Convenient locations…Outstanding service…Custom Deisgns, MasterBilt Homes offers custom homes in Colorado Springs, Monument, and the Black Forest.  And from the upper $100s, MasterBilt Homes offers new homes in Colorado Springs newest maintenance free community, The Village at Falcon.

For additional information, email JimStiltner@msn.com or call (719) 481-1129.

MasterBilt Homes did an excellent job building our home! They made our dream possible on design, placement of our home on our lot, and a construction loan that worked out well for us. They were very professional in both construction and communication with us throughout the process. They were also very fair and workable if changes were needed. It was a pleasure to be associated with Jim and Andrea throughout the project. MasterBilt offered a home warranty that they followed through on, and everything on our home is in great condition almost two years later! We would highly recommend them to any potential buyer in the future! They will not be disappointed! Masterbilt Homes is a trustworthy builder. Bari and Laurie Higgins

This was our first time buying new construction and MaterBilt Homes made the process easy. We bought one of their finished semi-custom spec homes and we are very happy with our experience. They worked with us to find the right house for us, including exploring building from scratch, and were very responsive with any questions we had. Once we moved in, they exceeded our expectations in how quick they were to address any minor things that needed to be addressed. It is nice to deal with a smaller company where you get to know everyone and get a personalized experience.

 

Matt and Suzanne

Having built a home before with another builder that proved to be very frustrating, we were very nervous and cautious to build again. However, meeting and getting to know Jim and Dre from Masterbuilt Homes made us feel excited and comfortable to work with them. As the home progressed, they were great. Always responsive to all of our questions and concerns. Now having been in the home for about seven months, I can say that we are very satisfied with it and feel very comfortable recommending Masterbuilt to anyone. Thank you Jim and Dre.

Diana and Noah

Jim, Clark, Andrea and Lizzie are by far the most amazing people ever. The have made us feel like a part of their family through this house building process. Not only have they been patient and understanding, but they truly care about our family and want this to be a great experience and have minimal stress. I don't have enough words of praise for this team. Highly recommend this builder.

Ryan and Michelle

We had a wonderful experience building our first custom home with Jim and the rest of the MasterBilt team!!! Having never built before, we were a little overwhelmed with the whole process, but Jim was super patient and guided us along the way with all our important design decisions. He was flexible, efficient and always strived to keep us on budget but most importantly, made sure we were happy with whatever choices were made. We ended up with a beautiful custom built home that was exactly what we envisioned. We highly recommend MasterBilt Homes to anyone who is in the market for a custom built home!

Our home building experience with Masterbilt homes was outstanding! Jim and Clark are experienced craftsman who created a home exceeding our expectations in beauty, form and function. The Masterbilt team of craftsman were knowledgeable professional and pleasant to work with.   Throughout the entire build process, we felt comfortable knowing we were in the best of hands. It is always a pleasure when you work with professionals resulting in a finished home that exceeds your expectations. Thanks to the Masterbilt team that made it happen!

Marcos and Sharlene Ramirez

We love our home had a wonderful experience building with Masterbilt! Dre and Jim were great to work with, answering all of our questions and helping us walk through the daunting process of building our first home. Dre, especially takes customer care to the next level and wanted to make sure we were 100% satisfied with every aspect of our new home. She went above and beyond in working closely alongside us throughout the whole building process. Not only is she super friendly and amazing at her job, she is also patient, honest and thoughtful. I valued her opinion greatly and found myself frequently asking her for advice on all things house related. When we were trying to stay on budget, Jim was able to offer us simple solutions to make sure that was possible as well. Additionally, they followed up with us multiple times after we had moved in to make sure everything was going smoothly. Overall, I would highly recommend building with Masterbilt Homes.  

Ben and Kari Reddin

The Combs Family

Dear Jim & Clark:

We want to thank you both for all of your support and guidance in the rebuilding of our home. The loss of our home in the Waldo Canyon fire on June 26, 2012, was overwhelming, but with your patience and understanding of our situation we felt we were working with true friends.

We want you to know that we appreciate your dedication and enthusiasm when it came to the construction of our home, but also for your diligence, competence and desire to have your finished product be the best it can possibly be. Your hard work and attention to detail cannot be matched!

In addition, we felt your contractors and subcontractors were able, professional, and exacting in their work. More importantly, they were the nicest group of people. Congratulations for assembling this great collection of talent.

Our home will not be what it was before the fire….it will be a thousand times better thanks to you.

So, from the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for your understanding and kindness during the rebuild of our home. We love our new home and appreciate all that you have done to make that happen.

Sincerely,

Gus & Gaile Combs