As interest rates rise and the market cools, make sure you choose a financially sound company with a strong track record The 2007 housing market crash was an event of Darwinian proportions. It was Survival of the Fittest on Steroids, as demand for new homes sank to Great Depression levels and countless builders vanished. TheRead more »
The best builders approach it systematically What separates great builders from good ones? A lot of things do, but part of the answer is that great builders are obsessive about small details. And taken together, those small details leave a big impression. Most builders really want to do good work for their customers. They striveRead more »
Post-contract changes need not be a problem, but they absolutely need a well-thought-through process. Professionals who build fantastic homes for satisfied customers share some important traits. Two of these are an obsession with details and with clearly communicating those details to the homeowners. Great builders are great communicators, and part of being a great communicatorRead more »
Shannon Pollard is committed to creating an environmentally sensitive community on the Nashville property his grandfather, Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold, called home. That’s why one day he found himself supervising the release of 6,000 minnows. The tiny fish will eat algae choking the ponds where hisRead more »
Trust? Maybe. Verify? Definitely. A September 2011 Business Week article reported on a Texas home improvement contractor that hired a writer to post 200 positive reviews on sites like Yelp and Google. The story went on to cite other examples and estimated the percentage of fake online reviews at close to 30 percent. Such articlesRead more »
Outdoor lighting is a real art, and the best result comes from planning ahead. A beautiful custom home represents a huge investment of time, care, and money. Someone who has decided to make that investment most likely wants the home to present its best face to the world. During the day, that face is theRead more »
Intelligent universal design fades into the background and makes everyone happier Today’s biggest demographic trend poses a challenge and also presents an opportunity. That’s because more and more working-age people are asking for a home with space to accommodate senior parents with age-related mobility or physiological issues. The challenge is that they don’t want theRead more »
Call us crazy, but we’d rather discard our muddy boots and wet raincoats in a pretty place. We’d prefer to put away our groceries in a well-organized and picture-perfect pantry. We’d favor folding laundry in a clean room with plenty of counter space. Well farewell, cramped and cluttered spaces. Hello, pretty practical spaces! “When planning outRead more »
Identifying the best pro to build your new home starts by clarifying your wants and needs.Read more »
It’s natural to have questions and changes when building a custom home. Prevent surprises and delays by getting answers from the top. There are lots of things homeowners can do to keep their building project running smoothly. Number one is making timely product choices, but another key action is to direct all change requests andRead more »
Which of today’s best-selling countertop materials to choose for your new home?
Here’s a short buyer’s guide.
Some builders call them job supervisors. Others refer to them as project managers, or PMs.Read more »
Production, custom or in between? The answer depends on your priorities. If you have done any research into new homes, you’re likely familiar with the three categories of homes and builders: production, semi-custom and custom. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and your priorities–and each type may appeal to the same peopleRead more »
The best builders know that the initial meeting is about earning your trust A big factor in someone’s choice of a builder is their comfort with the first person they meet from the company, whether it’s the owner or a sales person. Natural rapport is important, but gut feelings also play a role–feelings some homeownersRead more »
Government red tape takes time, money and skill to navigate. That’s why you need a pro. Some people don’t realize how highly regulated the construction business has become. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the costs of complying with government regulations now account for nearly a quarter (24.3%) of new home prices—30% more than just five years ago.Read more »