Find a Builder or Architect at Service Magic
Finding Builders and Architects
When you have made the decision to build a house, you have conquered an important hurdle, but definitely not the last one. Now you will need to find professionals to carry your plans from the idea stage to construction and completion of the house. If you are buying in an established subdivision, you may have to use a builder who has bought lots there, or you may be able to use one of your choice. If your are building a custom home, you will want to find and compare several architects and builders.
Finding Contractors and Builders
Unless you have plans of being your own general contractor (definitely NOT recommended if you are building your first home or unless you have extensive experience in dealing with subcontractors) you will need to find a contractor or builder to build your house. Finding a new home builder is not that difficult. Finding one that you have confidence in and who can meet your budget requirements takes a little more work. One source of information is those you know who have recently had houses built for them. Since the experience will be fresh in their mind, they will be able to give you a great deal of input regarding that particular contractor. Questions to ask:
Another source of finding builders is available on the Internet. ServiceMagic will work with you to find a pre-screened contractor who meets your needs for location, needs and budget. See the ServiceMagic site for more information on their service, customer testimonials and more.
Finding an Architect or Designer
If you want to start from "scratch" and custom
build a house, you most likely will need to employ the services of a professional architect. An architect can take
the photograph of the house that you have envisioned in your mind and turn it into a buildable blueprint. Just
as important, an architect can not only make certain that your planned design is structurally sound but also make
certain that it will meet the requirements of the various building codes in effect in your community.
If you want to locate an architect or designer in your area, ServiceMagic does the same screening process with these professionals that they do with contractors and builders. You can find more information here.