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Constructing a home is a large-scale project that requires skill and oversight from an experienced contractor. We researched the best home builders in San Diego so you can find licensed and insured professionals to guide you from design through construction.

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KB Home
  • ENERGY STAR® certified appliances
  • Single-story & two-story floor plans
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  • Personalize your new home in KB's Home Design Studio

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  • LEED certified
  • Committed to green building practices
  • Builder of tiny homes
  • Homes are built to federal HUD code building requirements
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Armstrong Builders, Inc.
  • M-F: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • armstrongbuilt.com
755 Turquoise St.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-2825

How to choose a home builder in San Diego

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San Diego is one of the most popular locations in the U.S. for residential construction, so there are many home builders in the area. If you’ve chosen to build a new house rather than buy, it’s important to choose a home builder that meets these criteria:

  • The home builder is licensed. General contractors and specialty contractors working on home construction must be licensed by the State of California. Check the license of your home builder and any subcontractors on the Contractors State License Board website.
  • The home builder is insured and bonded. Licensed contractors are required to have workers’ compensation coverage (if they have employees) and a contractor license bond. Ask a home builder whether it carries general liability insurance and any other coverages that protect you financially. Talk to a homeowners insurance company in San Diego to make sure you are fully covered.
  • The home builder has good reviews. Search for reviews from customers and make sure they are mainly positive. If there are negative reviews, see if the contractor has responded and provided an explanation.
  • The home builder provides a list of references. If you ask — and sometimes even if you don’t — a reputable contractor will give a list of past and current clients to contact. Call to ask about their satisfaction with the home builder. Was the project on time and on budget? Did the builder communicate clearly throughout construction? Is the person happy with his or her new home? You can also drive by completed homes to look at the exteriors.
  • The home builder is associated with and/or certified by professional organizations. Many new homes in San Diego are built by members of the National Association of Home Builders and the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.
  • The home builder patiently answers all your questions. Building a house in San Diego is a highly expensive and personal project. You shouldn’t feel any pressure to move forward without having all your questions and concerns acknowledged.

Questions to ask a home builder

Before choosing a home builder in San Diego, ask these questions:

  • Are you licensed, insured and bonded for home building in San Diego?
  • How much experience do you have building houses in San Diego?
  • Can you provide a list of references with contact information? What are the addresses of some homes you’ve built?
  • Do you have any model homes I can visit?
  • Are you able to build the style of home I want with the home design, materials, products and features I desire?
  • How do you incorporate energy efficiency in the homes you build?
  • How much will it cost to build my home? Do you provide a detailed estimate with all costs included?
  • How long will it take to design and construct the home?
  • Who will be building the home? Do you use subcontractors? How are they chosen?
  • Who will be supervising construction?
  • Will you be obtaining all necessary permits and inspections from the City of San Diego (or other appropriate authority)?
  • What warranties does the new home come with?

How much does it cost to build a home in San Diego

The average cost to build a house in San Diego is $200 - $350 per square foot. Factors that affect the cost to build a home in San Diego include:

  • Type of home (site-built vs. prefabricated)
  • Size of the home
  • Degree of customization
  • Cost of materials
  • Cost of labor
  • Cost of land
  • Permit fees

Get estimates from several home builders in San Diego before making your decision. Be wary of a contractor whose bid is significantly lower than others.

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KB Home

KB Home has helped more than 550,000 families and individuals become homeowners since 1957. The company has won awards for its design and is a recognized leader in energy-efficient building. Choose a community and floor plan, work with a personal design consultant to select features and fixtures and stay involved during construction. Customers are highly satisfied with their new houses and recommend KB Home to others.

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Clayton has been building innovative, affordable homes since 1956. The company offers site-built and manufactured homes certified by third-party inspectors for indoor air quality, code compliance and strength and safety. Customers like Clayton’s customization options and the security of its one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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