As you do your research to find the right company for your building project, no doubt that you will compare the services and products of the companies in consideration.
What should you look for?
A proven design and building system. A prefabricated house package will save a huge amount of design time, planning and allow you to participate partially or fully in construction. You will be able to count on receiving timely and accurate information, comprehensive plans, all materials will be labelled and packaged with proper documentation. Find out the right mix of building components that can be prefabricated for your home.
An experienced, solutions-driven support team. There are soo many important issues that come up when planning and building a home and the right advice often saves thousands of dollars. A great house package company will have seasons designers who understand building codes and engineering issues, a project management support team to offer advice and help with overall budgets, and they should be able to offer the best options for the right mix of materials and installation. Having the right support focused on your objectives is critical to your success.
The right level of sophistication based on the project. Some building projects are very straight forward and small enough that they are perfect for simple Do It Yourself work where a “cookie cutter” plan with a low budget/quality is good enough. However, other building projects might be in remote locations, require customized plans, have complicated site preparations, or have more strict building permits/energy efficiency. It is important to align your goals and expectations with the house package company.
A showroom, comprehensive website, photos, and references. Being able to see and touch all your house package materials, discuss installation details, see similar homes and even be able to contact previous clients is important. Building a house is a huge investment in time and money, and minimizing your risk for budget overruns should be a priority. If the house package company offers tours or at least has a showroom, that is a huge advantage.
Support during construction and warranties. Having building materials arrive on site with support a phone call away or arranging supervision for your house package is really important. Check into after service and product warranties because typically you get what you pay for! Do you want to chase service from thirty different suppliers or deal with one reputable house package company to lock up?