When you are building a custom home, it’s important to have the right professionals helping you through this process. Finding a custom home contractor is a critical first step. However, it can be overwhelming to try to find the right general contractor for your project. Here are a few tips that can help get you started.

Have a Detailed Plan

When you have a detailed plan, it is much easier to find a professional that can is ready to jump on board. When you don’t have a plan, you can end up spending much more on a professional who might try to take you in a direction that is out of your budget. Work with an architect to describe your vision and create a floorplan. Alternately, hire a custom home builder like Alair Homes Scarborough who are prepared to assist with design and construction. Don’t rush this step. Getting those drawings right is the first step in realizing your dream home.


Your budget determines the home you can own and sometimes, the professional you can work with. Take some time to sit down with a financial professional who can assist you in understanding loan options and how to use assets appropriately. These professionals will be able to take a look at your budget and help you determine if custom home building is in your price point. Having financing secured in advanced also makes it easier to jump on land once you find it and purchase materials and pay professionals in a timely manner.

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The Interview Process

Interviewing home contractors starts by narrowing your selection down to your top two or three picks. Do this by asking friends and neighbors for recommendations, checking out websites and browsing online galleries of custom built homes and home renovations. Once you have done this, pick at least a couple to interview. Schedule a time to meet with them. Ask all your questions. Check references, and ask for opportunities to speak with current clients and visit current job sites. Make sure this is someone you can get along with. You’ll be working together for many months, so great communication is important.

The Importance of Insurance

During the interview, be sure to ask about insurance. If a professional you are hiring is not insured, you could really be on the hook for any accidents or injuries that take place on your property. In most places, it is illegal for a home building professional to not be insured.

These are just a few of the many different ways you can hire a home building professional to help you with your build. Remember, patience is always important when you are hiring professional contractors. Don’t jump into your home build too quickly without choosing the right professional. Contact Alair Homes Scarborough if we can help.