You’ve found the perfect piece of property in for your dream home. You may even have the architectural plans drawn up and approved by the city. Now, you just need the right general contractor to build your custom home in Mission Viejo.
Because finding the right general contractor for a custom home build is so important, most people will interview and get bids from several local contractors in Mission Viejo. This is a smart way to go, and we highly recommend you do this. Here are some things to think about as you go through the process of selecting the right general contractor for your custom home build.
Experience Matters in Custom Home Builds
For many people, a custom home is also their “forever home”—the one they plan to live in for the rest of their lives. It’s important to get the details right!
If you’re still in the design phase of your custom home, the team at Scott McKee Construction can work with you and your architect to help you design a home that’s not only beautiful, but also highly functional. Most architects are great at what they do, but as general contractors, we have the luxury of seeing how their plans play in real life.
Having worked on many custom home builds in our more than 40 years in business, we know that a lot of the time, it’s the small details that matter the most. We can offer suggestions that will help elevate the design of your custom home and make it a more enjoyable place to live, work, and entertain.
In addition, our many years of experience means we have a great network of subcontractors and vendors that we can call on to help complete your project. You probably don’t want just anyone laying the tile in your custom bathroom, for example. We can bring in the best tile masons in the area who we know will do a meticulous job in your home. Or maybe you’re looking for fixtures or materials that will make your new home feel truly custom. We work with vendors from around the world and can help you find the perfect items to complete the unique look and feel you’re going for.
Think Twice Before Going with the Lowest Bidder
When you get bids from multiple general contractors in Mission Viejo, those bids can vary quite dramatically. In fact, you could get two bids on the same set of architectural plans that differ by more than $100,000!
It can be tempting to go with the lowest bidder. After all, who wouldn’t want to save thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars? However, that low price can often be too good to be true. A general contractor who hasn’t been in business very long doesn’t always have the experience to know how much they need to charge in order to make a profit, or how much their subcontractors will charge for various services. Once they figure out that they underbid the job, they will either start to cut corners on your project or ask you for more money to complete the job. There are also unethical contractors out there who will purposely underbid a job in order to win it. Then, once a contract is signed and construction is underway, the contractor will come up with reasons why you need to increase the budget.
At Scott McKee Construction, we’ve been building custom homes in Mission Viejo and the surrounding areas for more than 40 years. After looking at your architectural plans and talking with you about some of the details of your custom home build, we can provide you with a bid that we know we can stick to. It may not be the lowest bid you receive, but it will be a fair and honest price that includes everything you’re asking for.
Don’t rush into hiring a general contractor for your custom home build, or else building your dream home could turn into a nightmare! Take your time. Ask a lot of questions. Get referrals. Then, choose a general contractor who is trustworthy, experienced, and who will get the job done on time and on budget.
Contact us at Scott McKee Construction to get a bid on your upcoming project or to have your initial questions answered.