Finding the right new home community in the Hill Country and the perfect piece of land to build a custom home may seem like a huge challenge with all the available options. But once you’ve done both, it’s time to tackle the task of finding the best builder for your family who can translates your needs and wants into the ideal New Braunfels custom home. A few tips will help you make the best choice.
Talk to the community sales professionals
Whether you’ve already bought your Hill Country homesite or are narrowing down properties, you have a great resource right in the sales professionals of the community in which you’ve bought (or are considering). They will be able to recommend experienced local builders, but be sure to be specific about what you’re looking for so they can zero in on the best options for your family. You probably don’t want to waste your time with builders who specialize in ultra-contemporary architecture when you’re looking to build something that’s more representative of Hill Country style.
You’ll also want to ask if you are required to use certain builders for your Hill Country home; some communities only allow you to use one of their builders, while others, like Vintage Oaks, allow you to use any builder you want, but also offer the popular Builder Match Program. A complimentary service for landbuyers in the community, Vintage Oaks Builder Match uses builder reviews and recommendations from more than 500 property owners to pair buyers with the right builder by keying in on the specifics of what they are looking for.
Consult your real estate agent
A trusted Hill Country real estate agent is a great resource for finding the best builder for your Hill Country home, because they’ll know who has a great track record of building homes in the area—and who doesn’t.
Ask friends and family
Sometimes, the best referrals come from friends, family, and colleagues. Anyone you know who has recently built a home in the Hill Country is a great person to talk to.
Ask potential neighbors
Once you’ve chosen your community, you’ll probably be spending some time there, driving around, looking at houses for ideas, and checking out the amenities. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to residents. Your soon-to-be neighbors will probably enjoy talking with you about their home and builder. Notice a couple of houses you like while driving or walking around? Write down the addresses. A trip to the sales office should be able to yield information about the builders.
It’s important to remember that no matter where your builder recommendation comes from, you’ll want to do further research. Google each of the Hill Country custom homebuilders, looking at their websites, reading reviews, checking for any complaints and any other red flags, and looking at their Better Business Bureau rating.
For more information, visit Vintage Oaks. This community is ideally located right on the Texas Wine Trail between Austin and San Antonio and offers Hill Country land for sale plus custom and semi-custom homes and an array of resort-style amenities including multiple pools, ball fields, walking trails, and a Tuscan Clubhouse.
You can also click below to learn more about Vintage Oaks' Builder Match Program.