She also checked out some of the booths and got more information from FEMA, Oklahoma Gas and Electric and others.
During a presentation on selecting a home builder, Mike Means, executive vice president for the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, said people should always consider five things when choosing a home builder.
First and foremost, check to make sure you’re working with a builder who is a member of a homebuilder’s association, Means said. You wouldn’t go to a doctor or dentist who wasn’t certified by the medical or dental association, so why would you hire a home builder who wasn’t, he asked attendees.
Also, stay updated with building codes and requirements. Companies certified by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association can guarantee homeowners that they will build according to the codes, he said. They also require nine hours of continued education ever year after certification.
Second, the company you hire should have insurance such as workers’ compensation and general liability. Means said if you own the property the company is working on, you could be held responsible if those companies do not have insurance and something goes awry.
The third thing to look for is dealing with a written contract in case anything has to be taken to court. If only a verbal agreement is made, it is a “he said, she said” kind of thing while a written contract will hold up in a court of law, Means said.
Fourth, and similar to the written contract, is a written warranty in case of any problems with the foundation, heating and cooling, windows and doors or anything like that.
Last but not least, Means said when choosing a homebuilder, “do your homework.” He encouraged everyone to ask for a list of references and then follow up on those references.
For more information about selecting a home builder, visit oshp.org.