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Custom Home FAQ's

Where do you build?

We build within a 30 mile radius of our office in West Seattle.

What is the size and scope of your typical projects?

We have done everything from a 30 square foot bath room remodel to a 3700 square foot custom home.  We can handle any size job and enjoy working on a variety of projects.

What should I consider when choosing an area for my new home?

There are many factors to consider when choosing an area for a new home.  Such as: Will the home I want to build fit in with the size and style of the neighborhood?  Will the building department allow us to build the size and height of the building we want? Will the location add expenses to the house that would make it financially prohibitive to build?  This is a few of the many items to consider. Please call or email for questions or to schedule an estimate and we will cover the most important items.

How do I select a custom home builder? 

Find one that is recommended by someone you know, or check references.  Be sure to check their license with the State to make sure they are licensed and insured and don’t have any claims against them. It is also very important to make sure you like the people you will be working very closely with.  You will be spending a lot of time interacting with whomever you choose during the construction process and the process will go a lot smoother if you like, respect and have a good relationship with those people.

Why should I build with Better Builders? 

Because we are experienced, detail oriented and committed to quality and customer service.  We work hard to cultivate productive relationships with everyone we work with and put our clients need as our top priority.  We are honest and fair and work hard every day to maximize the value we bring to each project.

What should I consider when choosing a lot?

Again, there are many items to consider when choosing a lot.  Such as: Are all the utilities that I want available?  Will the topography of the lot make it cost prohibitive to build?  Are there any zoning restrictions that would prevent me from building the house I want?  These are just a few of the many things to consider when choosing a lot.  If you would like help in this process or have additional questions please give us a call and we will be happy to help you with this process.

Do you have any lots available?

We usually have some available or know of lots in our area.

What are the benefits of building a new custom home?

The benefits are numerous, but the biggest benefit for most people is choosing exactly what you want.

I already have plans for my new house, will you build it?

Sure, we usually can add value to your plans by value engineering them.  This means that we find the most economical way to build the house you want without changing the look you want.

How long does it take to design and build a custom home?

This all depends on the homes’ size and details.  You could figure conservatively 6 months to 2 years.

How do I begin a project with Better Builders?

Just give us a call and we will take it from there.

How does Better Builders ensure that the construction process runs smoothly?

We schedule each job and share that schedule with everyone involved in the project including our clients.  It is imperative that everyone knows what the schedule is and what is expected to keep the job running smoothly. By doing this from the beginning of the project everyone knows what’s happening and will help to keep the schedule on tract. Time is money for everyone and everyone benefits from a well run project, and that is what we do best!

What can I do to make the home building experience go smoothly?

Your job will be done before we start the actual construction. We will work with you, prior to the start of construction, to make sure we have complete plans and material schedules for your project. We make sure we know what your expectations are before we start, that way all you have to do is enjoy watching your vision come to life.  It is our job to make sure the entire process goes smoothly.

How much does a Better Builders home cost?

We work within your budget to get you the most house for your money.  We are competitive with the other highly qualified builders in the area and would be happy to give you a price on your project.  Just give us a call.

Do you have financing available for your homes?

Credit is tight right now, but for qualified buyers we can help you secure the financing you need to finish your project.

What type of warranty do you offer?

We offer a 1 year warranty on everything we do and an additional 10 year structural warranty on every home we build.

Why should I consider Built Green?

A Built Green project provides benefits to both people and the planet.  Built Green strategies result in a healthier, more efficient and environmentally responsible home.  Direct financial benefits, such as reduced utility bills, easier maintenance and more durable design are coupled with indirect benefits, such as increased comfort and health.  Built Green homes also result in a smaller environmental footprint.

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