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Building a New Home: What to Look for When Choosing a General Contractor

Written by
Rob Reich
Published on
April 6, 2024

Picture this; you're relaxing on the deck of your new home. Everything went smoothly. You built your home on time and under budget. You're happy. This is the dream of anyone who builds a home, but it takes a lot to get here.

Building a new home is a thrilling moment in your life. That said, it also requires a significant investment of time, money, and energy. The most important decision you'll make during the process is choosing the right contractor.

A high-quality contractor can build your new home to your specifications. They'll make sure the final product is safe, comfortable, and functional.
Once you've decided to build your home, it's time to select the right contractor. This can be a daunting task.

With so many contractors out there, you might find it overwhelming. This article can help you make the right decision. In the article below you'll find a list of essential qualities to look for when choosing a contractor to build your dream home.


When selecting a contractor, it's essential to prioritize contractor experience. Look for a contractor who has experience building homes that have turned out like you want yours to turn out.

Ask the contractor if you can see examples of past projects and references from satisfied clients. A contractor who has been in business for a while is typically a contractor that has a successful and well-reviewed business.


Your contractor should be professional and reliable. A good contractor should arrive on time, respond to your questions quickly, and keep you informed. You should always know the progress of your home-building project.

The best contractors have clear contracts that outline all the details of the project. The contractor should include all relevant timelines, costs, and responsibilities. The contractor should also be transparent about their processes, materials, and any subcontractors.

Quality of work

When you're selecting a contractor, your biggest priority should be the quality of work. Look for a contractor who uses high-quality materials and has a passion for their craft.

A good contractor should be proud of their work and be willing to stand behind it. Take the time to ask the contractor for examples of their work. Be sure to also check references.

This will help give you some peace of mind because you'll know the contractor has a history of delivering high-quality results.

Communication Skills

Communication helps move along any successful construction project. Your contractor should be an effective communicator who is responsive. They should be proactive about addressing any potential issues that may arise.

Talk to your contractor extensively and see if they can explain the construction process in layman's terms. It's also important that the contractor communicates well with subcontractors.

Licensing and Insurance

Make sure your contractor has the correct contractor license and insurance. Contractors that are licensed have passed examinations and have shown they meet the qualifications to perform construction work in your state.

Insurance is also crucial. It is there to protect you from any liability if someone gets hurt while building your home. Be sure to ask to see proof of both licensing and insurance before signing any contracts.


Building a new home can be a complicated process. It's almost inevitable that unexpected changes happen. Look for a contractor who seems like they'll be flexible and able to adapt to changes in the project and avoid industry hazards.

A good contractor should be able to work with you to find solutions to unexpected problems. They should have no problem with adjusting timelines and budgets as needed.


While cost is an important consideration, it should not be the only factor you think about when picking a contractor. As any homeowner knows, cheaper is not always better. You might end up paying more in the long run if you choose a contractor based on price alone.

Instead, look for a contractor who offers fair and transparent pricing. See if you can find one that is willing to work with you to find affordable solutions that meet your budget needs.


Make sure your contractor has the availability to take on your project. Some contractors may have a full workload or be unable to start your project for months. Be sure to talk about timelines and availability with your contractor before you sign any contracts. The last thing you want is for you to agree to a contract and then realize that your contractor has a conflict. By then it may be too late to back out of the deal.


A contractor with a good reputation produces high-quality work and has a professional attitude. Look for a contractor with a good reputation in the community and within the local industry.

Be sure to check online reviews and ask for referrals to ensure that the contractor you choose has a strong reputation. You can find contractor reviews on Yelp, Facebook and websites like Angie's List.

Be sure to comb through the reviews and read through the comments. You might be able to find out if the contractor simply has a few disgruntled customers or if they have a track record of letting their customers down repeatedly.

Finding a Contractor When Building a New Home

You're now prepared to find the perfect contractor for building a new home. Remember to do your research, ask for references and get to know a few contractors before you make any decisions. When you're ready to move forward in your search, get in touch with the experts at Tek Construction Group.

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