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Are the kids are all grown and moved out so now you’re looking to downsize without losing any of the amenities you’ve sacrificed not having in the past number of years? Why not take the time to build your dream home right down to the floor coverings, cabinetry layout and lot selection? You’ll get all this and more exactly how you want when you build a new home.

Or perhaps you’re on the other spectrum… you’ve tied the knot and are talking about starting a family soon. What better place to raise your family for years to come than in your brand new home? Get just what you need the first time around and get it done right by working with a qualified professional home builder.

Most home buyers know that new homes offer outstanding advantages: They’re built to incorporate better energy efficiency, have lots of modern amenities and the latest safety features, and have floor plans to fit a variety of lifestyles.

With all those enhancements in mind, it’s important to select a builder who has the skills and knowledge to deliver an experience and home that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

When you are looking for a builder, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Seek a professional: Look for companies that emphasize customer service, quality, integrity and a commitment to education. Be sure to use a member of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (list found online at
  • References. A reputable builder will be glad to provide you with names of former clients, as well as suppliers, subcontractors and consultants such as architects and engineers with whom they’ve worked.
  • Quality: Be careful when assessing the prices set by different builders. The quality of the materials and service can make a significant difference in cost. Try to avoid asking the famous question, “What is the cost of your homes per square foot?” as there isn’t one right or wrong answer for this question. Two homes with the exact same layout and size may vary greatly in floor coverings, windows/doors, appliances and more.

Another key area to consider is the builder’s proven commitment to education. Professional builders know that the quality of their service depends on ensuring that their team members have the tools to be successful with professional designations and continuing education.

When selecting a builder, consider hiring one who holds a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) or Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation from the National Association of Home Builders (parent organization to the HBASE). Builders who have earned the CGB or GMB designation are experienced professionals who have voluntarily engaged in professional development and other continuing education opportunities.

When you’re ready to start working with a builder on your next dream home, visit and be sure to work with a member of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (HBASE).