Home building has been in the industry for a long time which explains why there are plenty of websites catering to these services along with a great deal of advertising and marketing. Most websites host reviews for different home builder companies in their respective states. Do not be surprised if there are plenty of links that focus on complaints for certain home builders – there are tons of that on the Web. Here's how to find and read home building reviews.
RateYourBuilder.com is probably one of the few sites that provide information of various home estate builders located in different states. It actually holds facts about good residential builders and not just about nightmarish luxury builders. When you go to the website, make sure you are on right home communities or you might mix up totally different home developers. The website gives very helpful information about these companies, thus will help you in your decision making. You will read about the owner/buyer's reviews along with the following ratings: services rating, home rating, community rating and overall rating, for their respective home estates. However, be sure to base your decision on a home builder, which has more than one rating and testimonial. There are particular ones that have very high ratings but have no comments about their houses. They did not give any explanation regarding their rate for their residential builder. It would be your job to judge if you are going to base it on such ratings.
When you have picked one from the home communities, it would be recommended for you to actually visit the place. You can try checking out the houses made by the same home builder so you can base your verdict on an actual visit to the house. You can ask the owners about any problems, concerns and/or recommendations regarding your common choice of residential builder.
Once you have made up your mind, it would be good to see how the home development works and how it is being built. If you are going to buy a manufactured home, you have to inspect everything so you can report any problems, early on. And if you see too many defects, you can still change your mind about buying the house. Check all doors, whether they are interior or exterior. Open and close them to check if they do so smoothly. If not, ask for a hinge adjustment. Examine everything from the floors, to the ceilings and the walls. If you see cracks or defects do not let it go when they say it's normal. This might become a major problem in the future. Make sure all faucets and switches work so you can ask them to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Overall, inspect the house from the outside to the inside. Go through each room carefully from the windows, doors, drawers, switches, outlets, etc. Your manufacturer should provide you with a checklist of what you should inspect. Fill this out, noting everything that you think needs service. Leave a copy for yourself, your manufacturer and your retailer. Finally, see to it that you have a signed warranty with your home builder regarding your purchased home estate.