Choosing the Right Tiny Home Builder

Building a home is probably the most significant investment you will make in your lifetime. Yes, even tiny homes can cost a considerable amount of money, especially if you want to make it a house complete with plumbing and other inclusions. That said, you must be entrusting your tiny home construction with reliable builders experienced in creating MD new homes from start to finish.

Create a List of Builders

If you know someone who built a tiny home and has worked with a contractor, ask for recommendations. You can also visit our tiny house communities to get additional support. Most tiny homeowners are more than willing to share useful information about their builders — whether they are happy or not with how their home turned out. Coming up with a list helps you narrow down your choices, allowing you to get the most reliable builders in your area.

Interview Prospective Builders

Shopping around for builders is a common practice. Doing this is an excellent way of gauging their expertise. If you can’t find a builder who specializes in small home projects in Maryland, you may also consider working with a regular contractor. Talking to them can help you communicate what you want. It is also an excellent way to see whether they would be willing to take on your project. You also should ask about any of their existing projects to gauge their style of work.

If they have several ongoing projects, you can approach it in two ways: One, it is a good sign that they have tons of customers. It means a lot of people rely on their services. Two, you would want to make sure that they can take on your project and give it the same attention as their other projects. Some regular contractors treat small home projects as insignificant, and you wouldn’t want that.

During the interview, it is okay to ask for bank references and materials suppliers because you  want to make sure that they have good financial records and that they are not someone who will run off with your money. Checking if they pay their materials supplier diligently is also a good sign of the reputation of the builder. If your prospective contractor is not willing to provide this, it might be time to choose a different one.

Do Your Homework

If you are slowly trimming down your list of tiny home builders, you should start doing your homework. Your assignment is to do a background check. Interviewing them is one thing, but, of course, you shouldn’t entirely rely on their lip service. They may be only saying good things about their company and services. Do check if their company has any existing complaints. It is also wise to see if they have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation or if they are a member of the Consumer Protection Agency.

Part of your homework is visiting the site they are currently working on. If you can talk to their existing clients, much better. Introduce yourself and ask about details and their experience working with that contractor.

Ask for Estimates

If you are ready to choose your builder, it is okay to ask for an estimate of the costs. At this stage, you should have at least three home builders that you would want to consider for your project. Estimates should give you an idea of who among your shortlisted builders can accommodate your budget and design. Remember, however, that you shouldn’t always choose the one with the lowest estimate.

When choosing the right tiny home builder for you, you should always consider your preference and budget. If you can plan this out, you’ll get to enjoy considerable savings and a realization of your dreams.

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Stephanie McQueen

Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She enjoys collecting information about tiny houses and writing easy-to-understand articles that help you make informed decisions whether you're building, buying, renting, selling, or parking your tiny house. Only thing she loves to do more than hoard information? Share it! Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn, her portfolio, or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.

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