Choosing from the over 100+ Tiny House Builders can seem overwhelming. But with a little guidance and a lot of research, you can find a builder that you will be able to trust and who will make your tiny dream home a reality.
Ask these five questions to any potential builder to help you choose the right tiny house builder.
1. How long have they been building tiny houses?
The tiny house movement is still fairly young and therefore it may seem ok that a tiny house builder has only been in business for a year or so.
Many tiny house building companies have been around a lot longer than that, don’t feel you have to be their guinea pig. If you find a new tiny house builder that is innovative with never seen before designs, give them a chance if everything else checks out and your gut says they’re the right builder for you.
2. How many tiny houses have they built? (Finished not In-Progress)
With every completed tiny house build comes hard earned knowledge about the unique constraints and challenges of tiny houses.
If your builder has a yard full of half-completed tiny houses, think again – you want a completion date you can count on!
3. Can they build & design what you want?
Your tiny house should fit your lifestyle, not the other way around. Don’t think that you are stuck with a cookie-cutter design if it isn’t 100% perfect for you.
There are plenty of builders who will customize their plans and even some that will design a truly unique custom tiny house only for you.
LEGAL & SAFETY
4. Are they licensed? Insured? RVIA Certified?
Tiny House Builders need to covered in the case of an accident and they also should build to the recognized tiny house industry standards. RVIA Certification is the current standard amongst truly professional Tiny House Builders. These guidelines ensure that your home will be built to a very high quality needed for safety and peace of mind.
Check for complaints via the Better Business Bureau. Check for any litigation against the builder. If they a long history of complaints or lawsuits, steer clear or you’ll be next.
5. Do they have any reviews from actual customers?
Look at what people are saying about the company, their communication & follow-up, design & build quality and whether they completed their build on schedule.
Don’t be afraid to ask the company for personal references from previous customers. Then ask them what went well and what didn’t. No build is ever perfect. When you ask the Tiny House Builder about the negatives, do they admit their mistakes and tell you how they’ve taken steps to improve, or do they make excuses?
What questions would you / did you ask of your tiny house builder? Let us know in the comments below.