10 Best Home Builders Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Building a home is a lengthy, complicated and expensive process that requires a homebuilder service. Good homebuilders are reliable and trustworthy. They should keep in constant communication with you and won’t demand that you pay the full cost upfront.

Top 10 Home Builders

Bestseller No. 1
Residential Home Builder Study Guide
1 Reviews
Bestseller No. 2
2015 Home Builders' Jobsite Codes
2 Reviews
2015 Home Builders' Jobsite Codes
  • National Association of Home Builders, ICC
  • BuilderBooks
Bestseller No. 4
Sears, Roebuck Home Builder's Catalog: The Complete Illustrated 1910 Edition
43 Reviews
Bestseller No. 6
The Home Builders
2 Reviews
The Home Builders
  • Varsha Bajaj
  • Nancy Paulsen Books
Bestseller No. 7
The Owner-Builder Book: How You Can Save More Than $100,000 in the Construction of Your Custom Home,...
71 Reviews
Bestseller No. 9
Builder Sales Power: A Guide for Exceptional New Home Sales PROfessionals
18 Reviews
Builder Sales Power: A Guide for Exceptional New Home Sales PROfessionals
  • Christine Hamilton
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

What to consider when you hire a builder

Energy-saving features

Many home builders offer a wide variety of energy-saving features that can save you money each month on your utility bills while protecting the environment.

  • Energy-efficient windows: Homes can be built with enhanced insulated-glass windows that do a better job of keeping homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer while still admitting plenty of natural sunlight.
  • Solar paneling: Some homebuilders can install solar panels for a more energy-efficient way to produce hot water and electricity.
  • Natural gas vs electric: Homes can be built that run on natural gas or propane rather than depending on electricity to power appliances, water heaters or heating systems.

Complete customization

Some homebuilders allow you to customize your home in many different ways, including a number of rooms, floor layout, paint colors, countertop and flooring options, siding type and color, style of cabinetry, and choice of plumbing fixtures, to name a few.

  • Work from consumers’ plans: You can bring your own home-building plans to the builder rather than choosing from a book of existing plans.
  • Room specifications: Homeowners can specify the number of rooms they want, the size of the rooms, and special features of each room, such as crown molding, wainscoting, ceiling fans, and window size and placement.
  • The number of floors: Consumers can specify how large the house is to be, including how many floors and what rooms to include on each floor. They may also be able to specify whether they want a basement or attic.

Warranties

Most homebuilders offer warranties on the homes they build at little or no cost to you.

  • Repair warranties: These warranties allow homebuyers to get free repairs on structural damage, whether that damage is minor or major.
  • Replacement warranties: If something related to the building of the home causes the home to become unsuitable for living and cannot be repaired easily, the homebuilder may build a replacement home at no additional cost.
  • System repairs: There may be warranties on the installation of electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, furnace, gas lines, and other mechanical systems.

Inspected and approved

Prior to move in, the home must pass inspection to certify that it is built safely and meets local or state standards.

  • Inspections throughout the process: Some homebuilders allow consumers to visit the site as the home is being built to view progress and inspect already-completed parts of the home. Be sure to schedule any visits ahead of time with the builder; active job sites can be dangerous places.
  • State inspections: The homebuilder may provide the services of a certified inspector, licensed by the state, to look at the home and determine its safety. The town’s building department will schedule routine inspections throughout the construction process to ensure the home is being built to code.
  • Pre-move in repairs: The consumer can request repairs after inspection and before move-in to make the home safer.

Options for upgrades

Homebuilders may offer standard features with the ability to pay extra to upgrade the home.

  • Energy efficiency: Solar panels, triple-pane windows, or other energy-saving upgrades may cost extra and can be installed at the homeowner’s request.
  • Adding outlets to more rooms: The homebuilder can upgrade the electrical system by adding extra outlets in bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices and other areas where you need more electricity.
  • Extra garages and rooms: Prior to the start of construction, most builders are amenable to altering the existing blueprint if you’d like to add another room, enlarge an existing room, or build a garage. Be sure to get all changes in writing with detailed information about cost, size, and materials.

Model homes

Most homebuilders offer model homes for potential buyers to tour prior to signing a contract to build their home. Model homes give buyers a chance to see the quality, style, and fixtures they can expect in their own home.

  • Different sizes and features: Many builders offer model homes of different sizes and architectural styles with upgraded features so potential homebuyers can get an idea of the builder’s work. However, be aware that model homes are often loaded with fixtures and finishes that aren’t included in the base price.
  • Duplicate orders: If consumers see a model home they really like, they can order an exact replica to be built on their lot.
  • Get an idea of lot size: The lot size is as important to some consumers as the house size; touring model homes can help users decide how big a yard they want to have as well as how big a home they want to have. However, be sure to ask if the model-home lot is the same size as your home’s lot.

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