Selecting A Custom Home Builder

If proper “Due Diligence” is not practised, finding a Maryland Custom Home Builder can be very exciting, very satisfying, and VERY nerve racking.Have a look at Chesapeake Home Builders for more info on this.

Watch out for the BAITERS!

What exactly is a BAITERS?

A “Baiter” is a contractor who quotes an absurdly low price per square foot dollar sum. The low cost per square foot catches your eye. The ruse then persuades you to contact the Custom Builder. As you start “peeling back the onion,” you’ll notice that the ridiculously low price per square foot figure doesn’t include anything (site work, all licences, etc.) and is based on low quality / sub standard materials.

When choosing a Maryland custom home builder, what do you do to “Make Sure”?

1) Confirm that every Maryland Custom Home Builder’s price quote is all-inclusive. This includes, but is not limited to, all required permits, site work (driveway, excavations, septic, etc…), and all necessary hookups (water & sewer, well & septic, gas & electric). There will be no unpleasant surprises later, when it is too late. You would want the Custom Home Building process to be totally “Turn-Key” if you are not a handyman.

2) When comparing products used by Maryland new home builders, make sure you compare “Apples to Apples.” The use of 2×4 versus 2×6 architecture, Formica versus Granite counter tops, Single Hung versus Double Hung Walls, Brick versus Vinyl Siding, Cabinet, Carpet, and Appliance Grades, and the list goes on… The easiest thing to do is compare the included requirements of one prospective Custom Home Builder to another Custom Home Builder using a computer spreadsheet.

3) Pay a visit to a couple of Custom Homes that are currently being built to inspect the “Build Quality” and actual materials used. If you see a subcontractor or vendor on the job site, don’t waste their time (they’re working), but instead ask them, “Do you enjoy working for this particular Custom Builder?” You can be shocked by the candid responses you get if there are any payment issues or if the jobsite is poorly managed. Take note of the work site’s state. Is it sloppy or sloppy-looking? This may indicate a “I don’t give a damn” attitude.