Home building is the construction of a home, usually described as a “house” when considering those who may someday or now live there. The word ‘house” has several meanings and connotations. For many different societies, the word “house” can mean a small rented apartment, a mansion or palatial estate belonging to royalty. In America it typically means a home built on a piece of property that is owned by the owner, rented by the tenant and usually meant to be used as a residence.
Since the housing industry is an incredibly important sector of the American economy, the home builders who supply the labor needed to build these homes are very important to the American economy as well. Without housing builders, many major cities would be nearly bankrupted as large numbers of builders either went out of business or left the country. This aspect of the American housing industry is also closely tied to the construction of the American dream. Home builders are an integral part of bringing new, well-paying jobs to this country’s communities.
There are three types of home builders in the United States. These include independent contractors, contract builders and homebuilders organized as regional, national or state organizations. The home building industry employs over two million people directly or indirectly and more than one million people in the construction industry itself. Contractors manage the construction of individual projects and supervise other contractors while regional, national or state organizations are entities which purchase building materials in bulk at reasonable prices and sell them to other contractors on a large scale.
One of the most important types of builders is the home production home builders. These builders are primarily independent but they work as subcontractors for large construction firms or in combination with them. Home production home builders usually build homes in a variety of styles including residential, modular, inflatable, manufactured homes, mobile homes and manufactured dwelling trailers.
Floor plan builders create floor plans using drawings and model houses. In order to be a floor plan builder, a person must have knowledge of how to draw plans, possess good mathematical skills and must be able to follow plans and blueprints clearly. These skills are also possessed by the general contractor. However, the floor plan builder has a much larger job scope because he usually works on several different projects at a time. This means that more complex projects such as hotels, offices and malls require detailed planning.
One other type of builder is the real estate broker builders. They usually work with both the buyer and the seller and assist them in the negotiation process. Brokers help buyers locate a home that meets their budget and lifestyle. They help buyers obtain financing and negotiate a fair price with the seller based on the location, size and features of the home being sought. Real estate brokers usually assist in the closing process, which involves preparing and submitting all the required legal documents to the buyer.
Custom builders are individuals or companies who construct custom homes. These builders often provide a wide variety of options for consumers, including selecting the style, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and custom finishing touches such as stain color, kitchen cabinets and custom window treatments. Some custom builders specialize in a particular type of home, while many offer a full range of services for all types of buyers. The custom builder can even work on your project right from the beginning if you so choose.
There are many factors to consider when choosing which type of builder to hire. The amount of time and energy that one’s project will require is just one of those factors. Home buyers should also take into consideration the cost of hiring a specific type of builder as well as the level of quality that they can expect. After all, custom homes are not cheap.