Before you hire someone to help with your home, also known as your largest investment, shouldn’t you use an Approved Professional Builder? Whether building a home or remodeling your current home, hiring the right professional is critical to both a good experience and outcome for your family.

 

Approved Professional Builders are screened by the Home Builders Association of Greenville to ensure that they:

  • Maintain appropriate levels of insurance.
  • Are free of unresolved judgements for at least one year.
  • Offer a warranty.
  • Use a written contract.
  • Have the appropriate licenses.

 

This, of course, is just a starting point in your search for a home builder. You should check references, review a contractor’s previous projects, and talk with their previous clients. In addition, check their online reviews, but consider them in the context of the Internet. You may want to discard one poor comment in a sea of good ones, but several poor reviews should be a red flag.

 

After you have settled on a contractor, a detailed written contract is critical, and regular communication during the project is important as well.

 

What should you avoid? “Special pricing” that is significantly below quotes from other contractors, large up-front deposits, and vague project specifications.

 

But why not get a head start by considering contractors who are approved by the Home Builders Association of Greenville?

 

To learn more about the Approved Professional program at the Home Builders Association of Greenville, visit hbaofgreenville.com/for-consumers/approved-professional-builder. Or visit the Approved Professionals at the Southern Home and Garden Show September 20-22 at the Greenville Convention Center. Visit SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com to see a list of exhibitors.