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Ten Steps to Select the Right Builder for Your Needs

Check out these ten great tips to select the right home builder for you!


Ten Steps to Select the Right Builder for Your Needs
By Jay McKenzie

Selecting the right home building firm for your needs and for the type of new home you seek is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your home buying process.
Fortunately, there are some proven ways to speed up the research and selection process and to help ensure that you find a quality builder who’s a good match to construct your new home.
In addition to the 10 key steps below, you may also want to review the other recommended articles at the end of this piece. They offer questions to ask a builder, a comparison of custom and production home builders, and a guide to who does what in the process of building your new home. Together, this advice can greatly speed your search for a builder and increase your confidence in that decision.
10 Steps to Select the Right Builder
1. Define your needs. What size, type and price range of home do you need?
2. Experience counts. While every builder was once a new builder, experience matters.
3. Are past buyers satisfied? Ask for – and check – references from past home buyers.
4. Verify the builder is licensed (where required) and adequately insured.
5. Is there a design fit? Does this builder have expertise in the style of home you seek?
6. Warranty and service. How does this builder stack up for each?
7. Resale value. Have past homes from this builder maintained or increased value?
8. Industry involvement. Is the builder a member of the local Home Builder’s Association?
9. Tour model homes or customer homes. There’s absolutely no substitute for this step.
10. Look for signs of quality. In workmanship, materials and practices when you tour these homes.
Here’s a bit more detail on each step above:
Define your needs: While some builders construct a broad range of homes, many builders also specialize in a specific type of home, price range, or style. For example, not many firms build starter homes for first-time buyers and also multi-million dollar homes for affluent custom home buyers. The building materials, trade contractors and even the building process itself can differ greatly by type and price of home. Look for a fit here.

Cotton States Properties Offering 4 New Home Communities in Sought After East Cobb Area of Marietta.

Building traditions since 1972, Cotton States Properties is committed to superior construction, the use of state-of-the-art products and the quality of old world craftsmanship. This unique combination of building talent offers a variety of award winning home designs in some of the most sought after areas of Atlanta. If you are looking for a new home in the New Year, Cotton States Properties has four gorgeous communities in the East Cobb / Marietta area.

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Wesley Manor, located in the sought after, award-winning Lassiter HS District, is an enclave of only 11 home sites priced from the $600’s, offers luxury three and four sided brick homes built on basements with three car side entry garages.  Incredible features including open floor plans, nine and ten foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens with granite counter-tops and stainless appliances and much more. Home sites 1 & 3 are now under contract!  The buyer bonus has been extended on inventory homesites 2, 10 & 11 through January. Act fast to get a $5K Buyer Bonus!  The offer is good on accepted contracts that can close by January 31, 2016!  This is a limited time offer so ACT Fast to take advantage!  

Princeton Manor with only eight homesites is priced from the low $500’s and affords a prime location with easy access to Historic Marietta, Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta and Kennesaw.   If shopping is a passion, you are surrounded by some of the best malls in the Atlanta area.  Near Woodstock is The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and Towne Lake Center plus Village Shoppes of E. Cherokee. In the Marietta area, you will find Town Center at Cobb plus there is easy access to I-75 and I-575. Homesites 4 & 6 are now under contract but act quickly to checkout the Alexander [lot 3] and Glendale [lot 5] homes that can close in the spring! 

Childer’s Manor is now pre-selling.  Only 4 opportunities will be offered and homes will be priced from the $700’s.  Ideally located in the sought after East Cobb area of Marietta, Childer’s Manor has easy access to Roswell, Alpharetta, Historic Marietta plus easy access to the major interstates, I-75 and I-575 so commuting is very convenient. Pope High School District.

Highland Ridge Estates, from the Mid $500s is now pre-selling with only 9 Beautiful Lots in the Lassiter High School district. Lot 3 is now under contract. This community features Masters on Main, and is located off beautiful Mountain Road in East Cobb.  Swim Tennis Available.

To visit, take I-75 N. to Canton Rd. (Exit 267A) follow to Sandy Plains and turn right. Take Sandy Plains and cross Shallowford Road, cross Wigley Road then left on Mountain Road.

Or take Highway 92 to left on Sandy Plains and right on Mountain Road. Highland Ridge Estates main entrance will be on your right. 

Stop by and select your new home from one of these four prestigious communities in the East Cobb / Marietta area by Cotton States Properties.  Very Limited Opportunities and Selling FAST!  Call Mark Judge at 770-403-5059 or email

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