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Selecting a Builder/Remodeler
Paragon C&D Builders/Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 9, 2009 10:00 PM

All builders and remodelers in Texas are required to register with the commission if they build new homes or work on an interior remodeling job that either costs $10,000 or more or that — regardless of cost — changes the square footage of the home’s living space. Registration includes a criminal background check and requires builders and remodelers to provide a set of minimum warranties for their work.

Before hiring a builder or remodeler, consumers should ask for proof of registration or contact the commission to make sure the builder or remodeler is a reputable, registered business.

Consumers should always ask for references when hiring a builder or remodeler. It is also a good idea to contact the local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau for more information about anyone who may work on a home, even if they do not have to register with the commission.

The commission has an online searchable database to verify builder/remodeler registration. The database contains all current registered builders' and remodelers' names, DBAs, cities and registration numbers.

Another important thing, Interview several builders. Are you compatible? You will be around this person for the next few months. Compare Apples to Apples. Custom builders could be higher than a track builder. Do they put the same things in building their houses? Some could use cheaper materials, or different windows, etc. Be sure to tell your builder as much up front as possible in the design stages. This can save you thousands of dollars down the road.

Look at their website, call references, and look at their work. These will only help in the long run.

Another plus, support your local builders. They live in your community too. This aids in the economical development of your town.

Always look at the Texas Residential Commission Construction site for registered builders or call 877-651-TRCC, For ALL your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at (830) 833-4249 or .

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