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6 Reasons Working With A Small Local Home Builder Might Be Best

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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When it comes to business, bigger is often seen as better! For construction firms, that’s not always the case, especially regarding their clients’ perspectives. A local home builder could be ideal here. Homeowners, and those looking into a new house build, will also benefit from a local home builder.

Of course, decisions on which construction entities to work with are weighted at the best of times, but today things are even more challenging. There’s a slump in output in key industry areas, which presents a domino effect of problems for businesses and clients. 

So, why is a small local home builder sometimes the best choice when construction work is needed? Let’s unpack this question further after the jump.

Easily Researchable

Local and smaller builders are often exactly what they say they are. They’re also less likely to publish a lot of spin and marketing fluff around their business. They will be familiar with home construction needs, and the housing industry as a whole. They may have a portfolio of past projects that you can browse. Your local home builders association will also have a good understanding of local building codes.

Find builders near you with the aptly named MyBuilder, which presents vetted tradespeople in your area for your consideration. See their work history before engaging with them, and also gauge what past clients of theirs have to say about their performance too. Everything about them is open and transparent, and you can be confident you’ll find your perfect service. If you find the right one, then you may be able to enjoy cost savings in your dream home. If you know anyone else in the community, then it could be worth messaging them.

Many of the people you know may have encountered these local home builders before, so you can also check with them for references. Moreover, you may have even heard of the business in question, depending on how reputable they are. Perhaps relatives, friends, or your relatives’ friends work with the local builder? Regardless of the situation, learning about local home builders is easy, which can fast-track trust and make the entire process of working together more comfortable and transparent. 

Great Accessibility Factors

Most construction firms have a walk-in office, and are likely insured. However, if you’re dealing with an entity from out of town, you may feel a bit awkward about stopping by. 

It’s safe to say that if you have those feelings, you probably won’t have them for very long when using the walk-in office of a local home builder. You’ll feel more confident about where you’re going and potentially about who will receive you. Establishing small talk and finding common ground might be easier if you’re from the same area as the professionals. 

You also won’t have very far to go, obviously. So, you’ll not waste time and even have more money available for fuel (which is no small feat, considering prices are all over the place lately), too. Moreover, you may also understand how competent the service is through in-person interaction. First impressions count a lot in the business world – if something feels off, it might be! 

If you are looking to build a new home, then it will be in your best interest to work with new home construction experts. If they are truly accessible, then they will have sustainable building materials, and will allow you to browse a model home first.

They Can Use Their Local Knowledge

There’s a whole process construction firms have to go through in validating their projects. They’ll need different licensors, surveyors, insurance, and many other things. You can find online resources for land and property that can help you understand all the elements involved in a construction project. Home builders can assist you in many different ways. You just have to know what sort of home builder works for you.

Location-related factors determine a lot of what they might need. By working with local home builders, you can trust that they know the area and have a strong idea of what will be asked of them from a logistics and legal point of view.  It is possible for you to work with a custom home builder. Custom home builders can bring you more relevant expertise. These house builders will work with you and get to understand your specific needs.

Things can be less serious too. For example, they may optimise travel routes just to save themselves a few minutes in getting to your construction site. Overall, they have more knowledge that they can pass onto you as a homeowner. The construction process can vary, which is why you need to find custom home builders that truly understand what you want.

As you can imagine, this brings many advantages and benefits to designers and homeowners alike. You can search for architects online too that fit within your budget. These architect services can be more affordable these days, and with sustainable materials being used, it can even save money!

Less Likelihood of Warranty Headaches 

Everybody has off days at work. It’s acceptable, so long as matters are put right immediately. Custom home builders specialising in model homes will have expertise in permits and give you more control, allowing you to truly know where you stand.

However, ‘putting matters right’ can be tricky when dealing with a home builder operating in a wider area. Some of them can be hard to contact or may even choose to evade calls entirely, putting you at the bottom of their ‘waiting list’. While you can do plenty to end these disputes and hold them accountable, the process can be stressful, time-consuming, and even fruitless in rare cases where complete rogue home builders are involved. 

Potential for Better Pricing and Value

While some exceptions exist to the rules we’re about to mention, smaller local home builders are typically more reasonable regarding their pricing models. Extortionate fees often come from greedier enterprises keen to throw their status around, but humbler ventures probably won’t follow suit.

Local home builders instead channel their resources into the parts of their firm that really matter. They’ll want to keep their overhead costs down without compromising on what they offer. Furthermore, small home builders may prioritise things like supplier relationships instead of marketing. Such could lead them to get more discounts and favourable rates on bulk orders because those work dynamics will be more closely interwoven. 

So, all of this can mean that the local home builder will price things fairly and work their hardest. As a client, you’ll usually get better value for your money, especially compared to a service from a larger builder that’s quite comfortable resting on their laurels. 

Because local builders are closer to you, you may also get more work out of them, as they’ll simply have more hours in the day that are not spent travelling to your site. So, you can also get excellent value from them in that sense. Project completion times can potentially be brought forward for that perk, too. 

You Could Offer Support

You’re not running a charity when it comes to your building needs. That said, if you can help struggling businesses while dealing with your stuff, you’re killing two birds with one stone very effectively. 

At the end of 2022, it was reported that construction firms were going bust at the fastest rate since the financial crisis, with smaller ventures taking the brunt of it. So, if you’re a stickler for lending a hand at a most opportune time, working with a small local home builder will most certainly tick that box. Your support would undoubtedly make a huge difference to their wider prospects. 

You could work with neighbors on various projects and dream together. You may even have joint land that is suitable for new homes, meaning more families can move and join! Communities that work together are communities that help make life what it is.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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