5 Boxes Your Custom Home Builders MUST Check-Off

So you’ve decided to build your dream home but you’re not sure who to hire to make your dreams come true? We feel you. Since you’ve most likely been planning out your future home’s every nook and cranny for some time now, we’re willing to bet that you’re feeling a little more than overwhelmed about making this monumental decision. Take a look at our list of must-haves to make sure you’re picking the best builder for the job!

They’re your type.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important that your custom home builder fits in well with the budget, location, and overall home style you have in mind. Before you ever meet with potential home builders, be sure that you can answer the “where”, the “what”, and the “how much” questions backwards and forwards, so that you make sure you’re picking a good match from the start. 

They can answer the tough questions.

For the right builder, no question is too big or too small. Here are some example questions we believe all reputable candidates should be able to answer with flying colors:

  1. Are you licensed and insured?
  2. What is your warranty and service policy?
  3. How many current projects are you working on?
  4. Do you have enough time to take on a new project?
  5. What is your typical turnaround time? 

It’s also a good idea to make sure your custom home builder is willing to let you in on their projects. Ask them if they have any recently completed homes that you could tour!

Their reputation speaks for itself. 

Spend some time sifting through Google, Facebook, Houzz, and Yelp reviews or, better yet, chat with prior clients face-to-face, over the phone, or via email or messaging. People who have had a good—or bad—experience are almost always more than happy to share their experience with others!

They value quality over quantity.

Of course, you want a builder who is savvy in the budget department, but, trust us, you don’t want a builder who does so by skimping on safety protocols and other necessities. Even if you save some cash by cutting corners, you may end up dolling out more costs in the future due to shoddy workmanship. A good builder will have established relationships with local contractors and that’s how they’ll go about saving you time and money during this process. This is your dream home we’re talking about here, so leave extreme penny pinchers in the dust!

They keep you in the loop. 

You’ve heard of “location, location, location?” Well, how about “communication, communication, communication?” You want a builder who is dedicated to your family, not one who simply cashes a check and builds you a box with a roof on top. Does your potential builder provide honest feedback, steer you in a smart direction, and take the time to listen to your every request? Communicating clear expectations upfront is the key to building you a dream home that exceeds even your wildest expectations. 


It’s a lot to think about but trust us, when you’re finally sitting comfortably in your new dream home, you’ll be extra glad that you went the extra mile to vet the hands that built it for you. If you have any further questions or are interested in building your custom dream home at Stephens Valley, we invite you to contact or visit our Welcome Center!