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How to Choose a Custom Home Builder – Down to Brass Tacks!

How to Choose a Custom Home Builder – Down to Brass Tacks!

Choosing a custom home builder can be daunting. In Myrtle Beach, there is no licensing or ‘watchdog agency’ to which consumers can turn if building the home of their dreams turns into a nightmare. This is how the consumer can end up with a situation Unlike your attorney or even your barber, there is no agency to keep a home builder from bad behavior. Just like this news story from the Better Business Bureau about a very well-known custom home builder who left clients with shattered dreams, all too often stories like this emerge. Even more frustrating than the original incident, a home builder can just rename his company and come back again under a new name.  There is no one watching, and therefore, nothing to keep it from happening over and over again. So, how can one determine how to choose a custom home builder?

Within the custom home industry, there are a wide variety of people who call themselves custom home builders. From the “Chuck in a truck” – essentially a person with a truck and a business card – to those who have years of experience, all have the right to call themselves custom home builders according to South Carolina law. Since it’s caveat emptor or ‘buyer beware’, it is crucial to adequately research the company you are considering hiring to build your home. Someone recently asked, “After three decades of building homes in Myrtle Beach, if you were looking for a builder, what questions would you ask them?” These are some of the questions we would definitely ask:

  • How long have you been in business under your current business name?  (You can then verify this answer in the South Carolina Name Filing Database, which is public information.)
  • Have you ever had a court judgement against you, personally, or your company?
  • Have you or any company you were partner in, been sued?
  • Have you ever declared bankruptcy?
  • What is your educational background and what training have you had in the industry?
  • Do you own any spec homes or owe money on lots or land?  If so, how long have they been sitting and what is their status?

If these questions seem invasive, just remember – this is not just a business transaction you are making. It is much, much more. This is the company which will be building one of your most-valued investments, the place which will house the people who matter most to you. The individuals building your home should be dedicated and passionate about their craft and have spent a lifetime learning and improving it. A likable personality is not an adequate benchmark. Knowing that your home builder has financial strength and a sound business means that your builder will be therethroughout the project and for many years afterward.

Unfortunately, many builders are relatively new at running a business, even if they have experience building a home. As such, they have either closed their doors or restructured their businesses because of heavy debt.  Just as in any other industry, a good builder will manage his/her business affairs properly and stay in business for many years. This will ensure the company is invested in being around to take care of your new custom home. What you don’t want is what happened in the recent news story, referenced earlier, where the builder was using cash from new projects to pay for unpaid expenses from other projects. Eventually, that will catch up to any business and cause it to fail.

More Steps to Help You Choose a Custom Home Builder

Here are some additional steps you can take to learn everything there is to know about your builder. These may help distinguish the reputable builder from the one who will finish half your home then disappear in the night, leaving you with a huge mess. None of these, taken alone, will be a guarantee; however, a story may emerge after looking at all of them together.

  • After you narrow it down, call the local municipality and ask for the building inspection department. Ask their opinion about the one or two builders that you are considering. If it is a small municipality, they will know most of the builders in the area and will have inspected their projects.
  • Call a few local vendors (a lumber supplier, for instance) and ask if the builder’s accounts are in good standing. This information will give you one more piece of the puzzle. Some builder’s credit is so bad that they can’t get the materials they need to build homes without getting enough cash together or using credit cards.
  • Do a Public Records Search. Contact an attorney who has access to judgments against anyone you are considering. Ask them to do a public records search. You want to know if the company changed names recently and other important data that might tell the whole story.

In the end, doing your homework can save you huge headaches. When people tell us about their nightmare experiences with past builders, they often say, “I just can’t believe it! He was such a nice guy and seemed so knowledgeable.” Unfortunately, a winsome personality can only take you so far. Following these time-tested techniques should help you choose a custom home builder who builds you a great home and takes care of your home for many years to come.

The Carrell Group is one of South Carolina’s most successful and respected private homebuilding companies. Since 1987, we have been dedicated to building homes that are a superior blend of architectural design, quality craftsmanship, and attention to detail. We constantly challenge ourselves to build the best possible home, with the right features and materials & we are committed to making sure that each family continues to be satisfied with and excited about their new customhome. Contact us today by phone  (843) 399-4299   or email below and learn more about the Carrell Group difference!

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Carrell Group is the leading Myrtle Beach Custom Home Builder dedicated to residential custom homes and land development. As an custom home builder, Carrell Group helps new home owners identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

Top 10 Design Ideas for Your New Kitchen in 2018

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. Homeowners and guests spend a lot of time here, cooking and socializing; and the quality of that time can be greatly impacted by how the kitchen is designed. Poor functionality leads to inefficiency and, ultimately, frustration and dissatisfaction with the kitchen and the home. Kitchens are constantly innovating both in style and function. Here are the top 10 design ideas for your new kitchen in 2018 to consider when designing a new kitchen.

Extra Refrigeration

Consider “point of use refrigeration” in addition to your main refrigerator. Your first thought might be a beverage cooler, which is a great start, but also think about installing one for produce or meat right beside your prep station.

Get Serious About Storage 

Think beyond the deep drawers and extra cabinets: you want well-designed storage solutions with appropriate spaces for small appliances, food items, and more. When there’s truly a place for everything, it’s easier to stay organized.

Concealed Appliances

Induction stoves, refrigerators that look like cabinets, and microwave drawers (as shown below) create a sleek, cohesive look for your kitchen, especially if it’s an open concept that blends into your living room.

top 10 design ideas for your new kitchen in 2018

Top 10 Design Ideas for Your New Kitchen in 2018

Microwave Drawer

In a brilliant combination move, you can conceal a walk-in pantry behind regular cabinet doors: you maintain your sleek design and take advantage of optimum storage at the same time.

High Tech

Bluetooth-connected appliances allow for smoother multi-tasking. Automatic faucets make it easy to wash produce and dishes, and you’ll probably save water while you do it. Don’t forget to include energy-efficient washers, dryers, washing machines, and more.

Composite Countertops

Looking for a unique, eco-friendly option for countertops?

“Formed from materials such as fly ash or recycled paper, composite countertops inhibit the growth of bacteria and resist stains, scratches and heat. Most are free of VOCs, emit no radon gasses, and are considered food safe.”

You might need to seal the countertop, but that’s necessary for certain stone countertops, as well.

Go Gray in the Kitchen

Though white is still a great option for kitchen cabinets, it’s slightly darker cousin is getting a lot of attention lately, too. HGTV is calling gray the new white. A fun way to incorporate it is to go grey on the island or just the base cabinets in the kitchen. If gray isn’t your thing, shades of blue also make a nice contrast with lighter-tone cabinets. Even the wood flooring can bring in shades of gray if desired.

top 10 design ideas for your new kitchen in 2018

Go Bold

Bold, look-at-me hardware is fun, and the trend extends to lighting fixtures. Your kitchen hardware can draw attention because of size, shape, color, or “bling” (like these at right); so get creative when choosing knobs and handles.

Best Kitchen Design Ideas Hardware“Big, bold and in long widths, this new, chunky look demands attention as an important design element in the kitchen. Warm finishes in brass, copper, bronzes continue to be strong, but black and polished or satin silvers such as nickel work just as well in these bigger, more modern designs.”

Multi-Purpose Sink

You know the sink has to be big, but there are options beyond size to consider. Draining grates and cutting boards that fit into a groove to slide without slipping are easily removed for washing, but they allow you to transform your sink into a full work station with less mess. When you go really big, you can install two faucets and make space for two people to work at once, perfect for hosting large dinner parties or family meals where everyone shares in the prep work.

Hardwood Floors

In the kitchen? Hear us out. This allows for a seamless kitchen-to-living-space look in an open concept, and hardwood floors are tough. Choosing a hardwood like oak or maple will help it last and last, despite the high volume of traffic in the area. Plus, “Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished 10 to 12 times during it’s typical 100-year lifespan.”

top 10 design ideas for your new kitchen in 2018

Wood Floors

If you’re concerned about the upkeep, go with wood-patterned tile: it’s easy to clean and care for, and these look-alikes are getting so good you’ll hardly notice it’s not real wood.

Polished Concrete

Great for floors or counters, polished concrete offers a wide range of colors and patterns. It’s long-lasting and resilient, perfect for your high-traffic kitchen. It does have to be sealed, as it is more porous than tile. However, it will stand up really well to pets, people, and parties.

Whatever you envision for your home, we can help. You can view our recent projects page by clicking HERE

Carrell Group, custom home builders in Myrtle Beach SC will help you create and build the custom home of your dreams. As a trusted Myrtle Beach custom home builder for more than 31 years we believe that the customers experience is paramount and we strive to provide an unparalleled product that exceeds expectations.

Should You Build a New Home in Brunswick County, North Carolina?

Should You Build a New Home in Brunswick County, North Carolina?

When you start looking to build a new home , there is one vital decision every buyer must face – whether to build a new home from scratch, or purchase a house and land package. While there any many differences between the two options, there are just as many similarities in that both methods will provide you with financial gain.

Before you make any commitments, allow us to weigh up 5 key differences that will more than contribute to your decision-making.

Budget

No matter the case, it is wise to always work toward and consider your own budget. House and Land packages are ideal for these looking to map things out and manage their budget almost to the dollar. If you have a set total in mind, and don’t wish to go over too much, perhaps purchasing a House and Land package is the way to go. There will also be no additional or “hidden” costs to be concerned about.

Building your new home from with a custom or volume builder, although generally more expensive and including extra costs, means that you can choose extras and upgrades that you are interested in and can personalise the home.

Budgeting yourself may invite stress. It is a smart idea to acquire experts and industry professionals to help you simplify things.

Construction Period

Understanding what goes on during the construction phase, when it will happen, and how, is one of the key ways of eliminating new homeowner stress.

custom home build in Brunswick County will need 6-12 months approximately, with a set of preliminary and post-sequences that take place at various stages. The following timeline will help set the stage and keep you up to date with any progressions, and what’s required during the construction process.

In the case of a House and Land Package, there will be a fixed construction period in which everything will be factored in. Here, the participating builders will commit to completing the build within a specified time – again, eliminating a lot of the unnecessary anxieties which comes with being a homeowner. There will be fewer to no surprises, and there won’t be any delay about moving into your new home.

Other factors you need to consider are weather and factors that are outside control of the builder.

Upgrades & Customizations

A main concern and something to weigh up, is whether or not you want to pay for additional upgrades on your house and land package. While these packages include a quality home, if you entertain the idea of adding an extra feature or extending a part of a room, or adjusting home characteristics, chances are you will be paying an extra few thousand dollars.

The main difference here is that with building a home, there is a greater element of control. You will be able to alter certain elements, without having to keep to an inflexible plan. If you are prone to changing your mind or making adjustments as construction develops – it is important to make these considerations.

Incentives, Grants and Other Support

While there is no preferable or “better” option between the two, it is well worth investigating into the various incentives and grants set up by governments and councils around the country.

If you’re unsure of these, check your state, council or government’s website to see what you will be entitled. Whether its reduction on stamp duty or new home grant, there’s a definite return on investment to be made.

If you are wanting further information on decision-making processes involving building an off-the-plan home, or house and land packages or house designs be sure you speak with one of our home building experts on 843-399-4299.

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