The prospect of building a new home can cause a lot of anxiety, stemming from a combination of mystery, misperceptions, myths, and illusions most people have about the homebuilding profession.
Getting to know a builder can foster a greater respect and a higher level of confidence for a company’s ability to deliver a high-quality new home.
First, it is important to understand that professional builders are business people. They build homes because it’s their chosen profession. Of course, like anyone, they are interested in making money; a professional builder, however, makes money honestly, and seeks to earn a reasonable profit.
Successful builders constantly refine their approach to business, adhere to predetermined building schedules, and establish reliable and lasting partnerships with building products suppliers, financial institutions, and specialty trade contractors.
Unlike almost any other industry, a builder’s work is exposed to the public; while cars and washing machines are assembled in factories and seen only on the showroom floor, a house is on display from foundation to finish. This can lead to misinterpretations or misunderstandings between a builder and a homebuyer. Often, however, what looks to be incomplete or irregular during one stage of construction is quite different from the eventual finished product.
Given those circumstances it is also important to understand that builders are engaged in the home building process every day and over many years. They have a unique perspective. They can envision of a home’s progress that extends well beyond daily progress, one that few owners can truly share or comprehend.
Successful builders listen closely to their buyers’ concerns, respect those questions and patiently communicate solutions. They understand that building a house is a considerable emotional investment, a potential source of anxiety, and a financial risk, and work to ease those burdens.
By the same token, an informed and understanding homebuyer recognizes that the construction process is second nature to a professional builder. When both a homeowner and a builder respect each other’s roles and approaches to the business of homebuilding, it fosters better and more open communication, the opportunity to develop trust, and the prospect of achieving a successful and satisfying project.
We are fortunate in Highlands and Cashiers North Carolina, to have many well qualified, honest builders. One of the best in the area is Zac Koenig of Koenig Homebuilders. Zac contributed this article to our blog and can be reached at 828-526-4953. We have a complete list of preferred builders on our website.