Read these 3 tips to nail it...
1. Recommendations are gold.
If someone you know had a great experience had a great experience with a builder, chances are you will too. Just check that your project sizes are similar. (A good carport builder, may not necessarily make a good mansion builder)
2. Don't simply go with the cheapest price.
Reno stress can be measured in $$. If a builders quote is cheapest by a lot, investigate why first. Is their quote detailed? Or just a one-page summary & a nice round figure? Have they made lots of 'PC sum' allowances? (estimations without specific pricing being available at the time to the builder). These can lead to significant variations (unforeseen costs) throughout the build.
A builder that listens carefully to you and what you want is showing they care about the family that will be living in the home they build, and that they want it to be just right for you. Ask yourself, do you feel they really understand your project requirements and needs in detail? Do they interrupt you constantly, make you feel dumb or leave you still feeling uncertain about whether your question was answered properly? Or are they considerate, kind and patient in explaining things to you? Are they easy to talk to and get along with? A good listener in a builder is worth more $$ that a cheap one. A worthy investment for a less stressful build.
BONUS TIP: Start looking early! It takes time to find the right builder for you, and the earlier you find a builder, often, the more smoothly your project will go from our hands to theirs. We work with many client's builders even from before the concept stage commences. Its never to early to start talking to builders.
Sam - QDH