Thank you for your question. You've taken a very important step in the home purchase process. As an agent working on Terry's team I'd like to answer your question and offer my advice.
While the construction standards have improved dramatically in the last 5 years you'll find that all new home builders are not the same. They may offer the very best in quality materials like insulated windows, energy efficient (Energy Star) heating and cooling systems, etc.....but what really matters in the long run is the final delivered product. Something as simple as the quality of the drywall work or the finishing touches to your trim work can only be as good as the team that constructs and finishes your new home. Also, you'll want to confirm what level of warranty is offered with your new home and what customer service standards are in place.
Working with a 'new home' savvy real estate agent who is familiar with construction practices and will stay on top of the construction process will greatly improve your chances of getting a good finished product. Also, you'll want to ensure that your new home is ready for delivery. This should include a complete home inspection from a professional other than the builder. A good agent will insist on being a part of the entire process and work with you during the entire building process. Gene Buckalew, New Home Agent, The WelcomeHomeTeam.
May I suggest if your are shopping for a new home rather than pick a specific builder ( which you can do). Select an area which serves your commute, lifestyle and quality schools. In 20 years in selling homes for almost all of the area's builders, the quality of the home that is delivered to you is determined by the project superintendent. If you select a new home , the superintendent will be your new best friend and will take care of you.
RE/MAX Realty Group
Are you seriously interested in help? Because if you are it would certainly behoove you to take advantage of the expertise you've garnered here at Trulia.
Let us hear from you on this site so that our investment in your future can be equated to results.
Builders always provide the option to UPGRADE, meaning better quality, but no doubt for an additional cost $$.
Please call me if you have any questions,
Long and Foster
Track Builders would be your Regional and National Builders (the top area: Dan Ryan, Drees, Comstock, Wormald). While they do strive to maintain certain levels of quality, with tract builders you are at the mercy of the subcontractor and job foreman for each job. Most of the large builders in this area produce a good product. The few I mentioned above have the best reputation
Custom Home Builders are different. While they might do some Subdivision building, they are traditionally smaller companies and the Owner has a more hands on approach. They have the ability to customize your new home and usually have a higher level of quality control. Normally they build on lots they own (or have under contract) or on a lot you own. The disadvantage to this process is you must secure a Construction Loan, which once the home is completed, modifies into permanent financing. There are at least a dozen Custom Builders I would recommend and would be happy to share with you.
I have been specializing in New Homes for 13 years now and would want to meet with you personally to share my experiences with you regarding the various builders in our area. One builder in particular has both my clients and me pulling our hair out due to poor operations and not having good systems in place. I would never publish their name on this forum.
Having grown up in the custom homebuilding business, I have been around construction much of my life. I know the type of products the various builders in our region use in their construction process and can share with you the differences. Some use colonial beaded siding and architectural shingles and some do not. Those are top of the line exterior finishes that most agents could not educate you about. Finishing touches inside the house are as good as the subs that the builder has working for them and are all about the same, quite frankly.
Please take a moment to visit my website and give me a call if you'd like to sit down and chat about your goals and hopes for your new home. I would love to guide you to your best options!
Cathy Chapman, Broker Owner Agent
Signature Home Sales
I wish to be able to answer your question the way you would want to hear...simply by giving you names of the builders.. Unfortunately that will be too easy.
All builders are in the business of Sales and all sales try to please customers. But all builders/sales cannot please all customers as much as they try. So reputations of these builders/Sales depends on the judgement of people's opinions on how they have received services. Their reputation shines or gets tarnished based on these reviews.
My perception of a good reputed builder lies on the quality of work and strictly on quality of work. When I show clients new homes, I point to them the style and workmanship and finishing of the builders. This will tell you their quality and this to me is more important. There are many builders here in Frederick. I have had great experiences with all of them. The key is communication with them and getting everything in writing...even the smallest changes. This will ensure a great experience.
If you are looking for an agent to assist you in your home search and purchase, please feel free to call me. I will assist you and guide you step by step so you will have a great experience.
Thank you for the opportunity to answer your question
Sorry, but the fact of the matter is that builders sometimes can go from the top of their game to the bottom in a matter of months.
Really a builder is only as good as the supervisor, subs, and craftsman and materials supplier at the time you are building.
Hire a Realtor to help and you'll be way ahead because a buyer 's agent Realtor is on your side not the builders salespersons. Remember that sales person is probably an employee of the builder and is only responsible to them.
National builders are sometimes wonderful, but most likely the best will be from where you live, right in Frederick.