5 Questions to Ask Your Florida Custom Home Builder

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A new home is likely one of the largest investments you may have in your lifetime, and finding the right home builder is essential. Tidewater Homes has been building beautiful luxury custom and semi-custom homes in Northeast Florida since 2014. We have led hundreds of clients through the home building process, and we’ve answered thousands of questions along the way! Here are a few important questions to ask your Florida custom home builder to ensure you are working with a company who will meet or exceed your new home expectations.

  1. How long have you been building homes in Florida?

When it comes to finding the right custom home builder, experience is everything. While there is no set period of time that defines “enough experience” in the homebuilding industry, it’s important to know that the builder you choose has the necessary technical and business skills it takes to run a reputable company and provide high quality workmanship. After all, you are building a precious space where you will be spending most of your time, so you will want to be confident that you choose a custom home builder who is able to deliver a result that meets your exact wants and specifications.

Tidewater Homes was established by three Florida natives who provide over 65 years of combined experience in the Florida homebuilding industry. We encourage you to browse our collection of client testimonials to get a better understanding of what it is like to work with us!

  1. What is your home building process like?

Working with a custom home builder who has established a streamlined building process is crucial. A good professional home builder has perfected the process for their customers in order to build custom homes on budget and on time. Creating an exceptional home building process is something the team at Tidewater Homes has worked years at perfecting. Our custom home building process sets us apart and is one of the things that enables us to provide the highest levels of quality and excellence in every phase—from planning to design, pre-construction, construction, closing, and service follow-up. We create semi-custom and full custom homes inside many of the most desirable communities in St. Johns, Duval, and Clay counties.

  1. Can you build on my own lot?

When it comes to building your dream home, location is everything. If you already own a homesite, then you’ve got a great head start. Tidewater Homes provides Build On Your Lot services throughout Northeast Florida. If you’re still looking for the right piece of land, we are also ready to help. We start with a preliminary consultation, homesite selection, and then begin discussing your budget, schedule, and home financing.

  1. How customizable is my new home?

One of the main reasons to build a new home is because in doing so, you get the freedom of a home design that mirrors your unique vision. Your home builder should be able to coordinate with your architect or provide a catalog of pre-planned home designs and priced options to help streamline the process.

The Tidewater Homes Design Studio is where the fun begins when planning your home’s personalized design. From choosing an initial floor plan to a multitude of design selections such as lighting, flooring, fixtures, finishes, cabinetry, counters, and more, our design team will answer all your questions, provide feedback, insights and options, and help guide you through the entire home design process.

  1. Can you walk me through your home warranty policy?

Tidewater Homes is committed to providing our homeowners with complete peace-of mind not only by using the highest quality materials, construction methods and unwavering attention to detail, but also by providing an industry-best 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty protection. This includes 1-year workmanship warranty protection, 2-year systems warranty, and 10-year structural warranty.


Searching for the best luxury custom home builder in Northeast Florida to create a new custom or semi-custom home of your dreams? Tidewater Homes provides decades of custom home building experience. Contact us today!

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