Just bought some property south of Montgomery Alabama.
Does anyone here know of any builders in the area they would recomend.
Hello Aubie and Welcome to the Forum:
I would check with the lumber yards in the area and try to find a Home Builder's Association. Home Builder's has education courses for their members and certifies the members at different levels. Their background and experience are factors in the certification process. The Yellow Pages are still a powerful source too.
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Private Company Background Check
If it is a small, private company, then find out who the owners are and run background checks on them. You can find out How to do a Company Background Check
Private companies are only as healthy as their owners, and maybe less so. So run a background check with criminal and civil records search on the owners, and simply ask for a financial statement (if it is not publicly available) so you can do some basic financial analysis. If you take the job, you are risking your economic future with them, so it would be worthwhile to buy an hour of time with a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and have him review the financial statements with you.
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