When Sherri and Jerry Johnson built their first home several years ago, they didn't worry much about choosing a builder. They had saved for years, and knew what they wanted down to the last nail. They figured their knowledge and enthusiasm would be easy for any builder to understand.
Instead of following a stringent selection process, they simply hired the builder who built a home for Sherri's sister and her husband. Sherri's sister was happy with her home and sang the builder's praises. The builder was personable, came with positive references, and seemed eager to do a good job.
But the Johnsons' home style was larger and more ornate than that of Sherri's sister, and the Johnsons soon realized they had a problem. Several months and numerous crises later, Sherri and Jerry had a completed house, but they were disappointed with the finished product.
No one wants to end up in Sherri and Jerry Johnson's situation. Be sure you end up with the right match by following the selection guidelines here.
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