Tip for the day. Most people will interview a builder, go to a couple of projects that they have done, maybe even talk to a past customer, but one of the most important factors in hiring a builder to build your home is quite simply do they pay their bills and do they pay them on time. Ask your builder this question, even better ask them to supply you with their vendor/sub contractor account list and call them yourself, get their D&B number. Right now is a dangerous time for anyone building a custom home in this market, because there are so many builders that are robbing Peter to pay Paul from one job to the next and are hanging on by a very thin thread, I would not want to be the last one holding the bag when the inevitable happens to anyone that runs their business in this manner. I have spoken with 4 people this year that have showed up at the closing table to find that there is a materialmens lien on their property that has to be satisfied prior to closing.