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Whether building a new home or renovating your existing home, Green Mountain Builders prides itself on connecting with each client by incorporating your ideas into the project, and providing expertise, man-power and inspiration to create your dream home. Tony Persichilli, owner/operator of Green Mountain Builders has been building and remodeling homes in SW Florida for over 27 years. Tony provides hands-on care throughout the entire building/renovation project. He is conscientious and knowledgeable with regard to all aspects of home building.

So how do you turn your dream into a reality? A great deal of thought and planning is necessary before you decide to build or remodel, and choosing the right contractor is paramount in this decision-making process. You will be spending quite a bit of time with your contractor, so look for someone you can get along with and will share your vision for your project, and provide you with a wide selection of choices. Green Mountain utilizes many different trade partners, thus enabling us to design a home that meets your needs, your tastes and your budget. Some contractors offer a “one-stop” showroom. This limits your choices and affects the quality of selection from cabinetry to countertops and flooring. While the “one-stop” may be ideal for some individuals, we at Green Mountain believe that a variety of choices allows the homeowner to individualize their home and make it uniquely their own.

You are a big part of the process so it is important to put a plan together prior to meeting with a potential contractor. Look at magazines, the internet, and model homes to help with your inspiration. Houzz.com has an abundance of photos and information when it comes to designing and decorating a home. Try to be as prepared as possible.

Once you identify your contractor, obtain referrals from someone you trust (friends, your real estate agent, co-workers) who is familiar with the contractor. Not all builders are the same. Ask the contractor poignant questions. What is his warranty on the workmanship? Will he provide a budget and construction schedule for the job? Will he obtain and incur the cost of the necessary permits and inspections?

Have they completed work similar to yours, and can you see some their work? Can they provide references? Ask the homeowners how they related to the contractor. Check the Internet for ratings and reviews to see if most customers shared the same experience with the builder. One of the most important considerations is integrity. What happens when there is an issue that may arise? Will your contractor alert you to the problem, or just try to fix it without your knowledge. Remember, the least expensive contractor is not always the best choice; in other words, you get what you pay for!

Read more about what to look for in a contractor in our next blog, coming soon!