If you are on the market for a house, you can choose between having one built, or purchasing a pre-made one. The appeal of getting a pre-built home is the convenience and lower capital cost. Most pre-built homes sold today have necessary fixtures installed and some even come fully-furnished.
The biggest drawback to buying an existing home is that it may not be exactly what you want. Also, while cheaper to buy, you might end up paying more in the long run because a superannuated house can have some structural issues which require repairs or replacements, and they are typically aren’t as energy efficient.
In contrast, constructing a home from the ground up tends to be more emotionally rewarding. Also, your house is built to your specifications. Newer communities also have a more facilities, like health clubs, which aren’t commonplace in older ones. One of the oft-mentioned disadvantages of having a house built is that it takes a long time to complete and that it is more expensive. Inclement weather, problems in obtaining supplies and equipment can move the completion date further, which will incur additional costs. Another reason why building a home is more costly is the fact that you would have to build your home according to conventions, conditions, and restrictions in place in that neighborhood.
If you are more partial to having a home built, here are some pointers to help you pick a builder. These days, finding a contractor, a New Hampshire home builder for instance, is no longer difficult because of the Internet. Searchable databases of New Hampshire home builders can be accessed online. Most NH home builders maintain official websites where you can learn more about them, request quotes, and view pictures of their previous works.
Come up with a shortlist of NH home builders by getting recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues. Request for quotations from at least three builders, and insist that these be made in writing. More than price, check for quality. The best way to evaluate the workmanship of a New Hampshire home builder is by visiting homes they have built and talking with the owners. Lastly, check if the contractor is a member of New Hampshire home builders’ association and if they have the necessary licenses and public liability insurance coverage.