Though it’s nothing you particularly want to think about when building a new home Springfield, MO,  those horror stories of abject failure are out there. We certainly hope your journey won’t involve any of them, but both as cautionary tales and sources of dark entertainment, here are just a few.  Enjoy…or should we say beware?

“I knew something was seriously, irreparably wrong,” says the writer of At Home In The Future blog.  Missed deadline after missed deadline and failed inspections were just the beginning for this couple that selected a lesser-known builder after suffering from initial sticker shock. Ultimately, they found themselves in a legal situation that involved fraud, property liens, and bankruptcy on the part of the builder and over a year delay on a finished dream home.  Takeaway: only go with the lowest-priced option when building a new home Springfield, MO if all references check out and examples of finished work are plentiful and of good quality.

“They went over our budget by 40%.  I understand that sometimes things cost more but they never brought these increased prices to us they would just send us bills for the overages.”  This is the story of Hello Fashion’s nightmare.  At times, it seemed like they were only paying for stalled work and empty promises.  Eventually, the job was finished with a THIRD builder.

Takeaway:  if something seems wrong in the beginning, don’t be afraid to address it.  Switching builders in the middle of a project is never easy, but it could save you time and money in the long run.

The lesson here?  Thoroughly research your builder.  Ask other builders and sub-contractors about their experiences with them.  Going a step further and asking outside of the given circle will give you even more peace of mind before signing on the dotted line.  And, it’s important to remember that not every horror story is caused by the builder. Beginning your custom home journey well-informed, with researched and final decisions and a clear method of communication, can help prevent you from being the nightmare client.