It’s no secret that the Vancouver real estate prices are soaring.
In fact, local industry research shows that this growth is only getting started, with home prices expected to increase at a steady pace over the next two years. By 2021, experts predict that the average home price could skyrocket to more than $1 million.
In response to this growth, the Vancouver home builder market is likewise on an upswing. If you’re looking to build a new house from the ground up, you’ve likely noticed the influx of new contractors on the scene.
Unfortunately, not all of these teams are created alike. Before you partner with one to build your dream home, take a look at our guide.
Today, we’re sharing a few factors that set a great area builder apart from the rest, so you can find one who meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.
Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!
1. Require Industry Experience
It’s true that everyone has to start somewhere.
That said, you don’t want an inexperienced builder taking the reins of your home. Not only are there myriad liabilities and risks to consider, but there could also be issues with communication, professionalism, and more.
That’s why it pays to find a building team that’s well-versed and seasoned in Vancouver real estate.
Our team has been in the industry for years, with an impressive collection of renovation projects and custom homes to show for it. We’ve lived in North Vancouver for 25 years and are intimately familiar with the local construction scene.
Whether you’re seeking a basic renovation, a high-end residential custom home, or any project in between, we are qualified and capable to lead the charge.
2. Check Industry Recognition
There are myriad industry awards and credentials that top-tier custom home builders can hold. Before you agree to partner with one, ask about these accolades.
At Goldcon Construction, we’re proud of the recognition we’ve received in recent years from our industry peers. Many of our projects have been honored by the Canadian Home Builder’s Association (CHBA). In addition, we’ve placed near or at the top of many industry award programs, including the CHBA-British Columbia’s Georgie Awards and the Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVN) Ovation Awards.
In addition to receiving industry award recognition, we’ve also been featured in local magazines and media outlets. Check out our feature in Vancouver Sun! We also have features in Renovation Contractor and West Coast Homes & Design.
Inquire about any industry recognition your prospective contractor has received. If there is zero buzz surrounding the team, it might just be new. On the other hand, if they’ve been in business for a while and there still aren’t any newsworthy honors to note, keep searching.
3. Require Professional, Consistent Communication
A custom home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your life. As such, you deserve to be kept in the loop regarding every detail of your project. That’s why it’s important to find a builder who’s not only skilled at their trade but an excellent communicator, as well.
When you team with Goldcon, you aren’t just another number added to our list. Rather, you enter into a hands-on partnership where your voice is heard, your concerns are addressed and your satisfaction is prized. We’re a family-run business and aim to treat our clients as such.
4. Look at Project Portfolios
Any home builder in Vancouver can wax poetic about his or her accomplishments or industry expertise. However, you need more than lip service when you’re starting down this new journey. You need photographic evidence that the team is as capable as it claims to be.
That’s why it’s always smart to request images and documentation about past projects while you’re interviewing prospective contractors. Hearing details about their recent builds is helpful, but not unless you can see the finished product for yourself.
Hop online and research the company you’re considering hiring. Reputable builders will have a gallery of their recent, top projects for you to browse. For instance, you can read all the details and see an up-close view of our custom builds and renovations right within our online portfolio.
5. Inquire about Versatility
Does the builder in question only specialize in one type of design?
If so, it can be difficult if you want to deviate from this designated aesthetic and incorporate your personal style through certain touches. When you’re searching for a custom home contractor, keep that word in mind: custom.
You should be able to get exactly what you’re paying for, and not feel forced to fit your dream design within a narrow niche that your builder has become known for.
This is another area in which our team truly shines.
We’ve successfully completed a wide range of renovations and custom home builds for homeowners of varying tastes, preferences and end goals. That means we’re open-minded and flexible in our design, able to accommodate your expectations with ease.
Need photographic proof of our versatility?
Check out our recently completed Glenwood Modern Farmhouse. This high-end design featured an open concept living space, adjoining studio space, modern fixtures, white farmhouse kitchen, black window trim, and other custom touches in line with this wildly popular style.
Then, check out another one of our recent projects, our North Vancouver Home Renovation. While certain touches (such as the open concept) overlap with the Glenwood Farmhouse, this renovation incorporated new elements of stonework and high-tech entertainment, coupled with a thoughtful backyard landscape.
Finally, take a look at our Cliffmont North Vancouver Home Renovation. Also an open concept design, this home combined Shaker-style cabinetry, mosaic tile, and classic oak floors for a look that was both warm and modern.
All three of these impressive homes shared certain design elements, yet each was reflective of the homeowner’s unique tastes and style. At Goldcon, we’ll never pigeonhole you into a specific design. We can incorporate custom designs into any home with ease.
6. Check Online Reviews and Feedback
Have you narrowed down your list of prospective Vancouver builders? If so, it’s time to hear what others are saying about them. While you’re on their websites, look for a page that shares customer testimonials. You can also find this kind of feedback on their social media accounts.
If you can’t find any reviews, consider this a red flag and continue your search elsewhere. A reputable contractor will have a bevy of satisfied clients ready and willing to share their experience. Seeing as 84% of people trust online reviews as much as recommendations from friends and family members, it’s smart to take this feedback into consideration.
Want to see what others are saying about our work? Check out our five-star reviews here.
7. Investigate All Platforms
When builders take pride in their work, it will show in every aspect of their business. They’ll invest the resources necessary to ensure they’re always putting their best image forward, regardless of how you find and interact with their team.
As a prospective customer, that means you should see (and expect) quality at every turn.
When you’re trying to decide which team to choose, take the time to check out all of the platforms that the builder uses for connection and outreach. This might include both traditional print advertising and online marketing. This is a great way to further investigate any prospective builders and learn as much about them as possible.
Every aspect, from the photography and videos they use to the website and social media profiles they create, should demonstrate their commitment to professionalism. In addition, all of the elements should coordinate and reflect the same brand image.
As their front-facing platform, a builder’s website is especially important. Check to make sure that all the images are professional-quality and that the site itself is user-friendly. If a builder takes the time to perfect and fine-tune these details, it means they’ll approach your project with the same care and commitment.
Team with a Vancouver Home Builder You Can Trust
When you’re preparing to build your custom dream home or renovate an existing property into one of your dreams, you’ll soon find that Vancouver is nearly flooded with contracting teams vying for your business.
While the search process can seem overwhelming, it’s made infinitely easier when you know what elements to prioritize and which features to consider. Use the above guide to find a Vancouver home builder that’s perfectly suited for your project, budget, and overall needs.
Want to quicken your journey and begin work on your new house as soon as possible? Get in touch with us. We’re Vancouver’s leading custom home and renovation company and we’re ready to create a space you’ll love to call home.