Search Tips for Finding a Quality Custom Homebuilder

November 11, 2016

If you have decided to build a custom home, congratulations! It’s a decision you won’t regret. You can’t beat the excitement you’ll get out of seeing your dream home brought to life right before your eyes. Doing a custom build is the only way to guarantee your home will have everything you are looking for, right down to the smallest details.

So, you know you want to build a new home. Now what? Unless you’ve previously done a custom build, you’re likely in uncharted territory. You’ve probably got many questions and may not know where to begin. If this is the case, you’re in luck. This is the first of a series of posts that will dive into the details of the custom homebuilding process. If you follow along, you’ll know exactly what to expect as you progress through your own homebuilding journey.

Finding a Quality Custom Homebuilder for Your Home

Finding a quality custom homebuilder is the first step in the process. It’s a task that’s easier said than done. Depending on your location, you could have access to dozens of builders or just a few. How do you identify the custom homebuilding companies that will be able to best serve you, and how do you know if you can trust their quality? Here are a few of the paths you can take:

Perform Internet Searches

We live in the Digital Age, and most people turn to technology first to find information. In fact, Forrester Research found that 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. Google, Bing, and other companies have made it incredibly easy to find vast amounts of information quickly.

As you begin your research into area homebuilders, a logical starting place is the internet. All you need to do is enter a simple search term, and you can find the listings and websites of homebuilders. To get better results, keep your search short and specific, “custom homebuilder Orland Park, Illinois” for example. As you find the builders’ websites, go through them to get a feel for their businesses, and compile their contact information so you can contact them later to learn more.

Inquire at Your Local Homebuilder Association

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a federation of more than 700 state and local associations that help its members build communities. NAHB members construct approximately 80% of new homes built in the United States each year. This includes both single-family and multifamily homes. You may find it helpful to contact your local homebuilder association if one is available. They may be able to provide a list of the qualified local builders. The NAHB is a community of industry experts, so it’s a good resource to utilize as you get ready to begin your project.

Ask Local Lenders and Realtors

Lenders and realtors in the area in which you are looking to build can be great resources as well. There’s a good chance they are familiar with the area builders and can provide you with insight about their qualifications. Want to know if a builder has a history of completing projects on time and on budget? Lenders and realtors are the area real estate experts and can get you an answer.

Consult Family, Friends, or Coworkers

Finally, you can check in with any family, friends, or coworkers who have done custom builds of their own. See if they would recommend their builder, and find out why or why not. Chances are, there’s not a source that will give you a more honest assessment.

Learn More About P.D.H. Builders

Since you’re already here, why not take some time to explore the rest of our website to learn more about P.D.H. Builders? Homebuilder Phil Hartz does custom home construction throughout Chicagoland: Homer Glen, Lemont, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, and Orland Park. Call Phil at 708-949-8244 or email him at if you are interested in building a custom home in the area. You can also visit the company’s model home in the Stonebridge Woods community located at 13935 S. Stonebridge Drive, Homer Glen.