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Best Home Builders in Bakersfield, CA

Aug. 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

When building a house in Bakersfield, you have lots of decisions to make — including finding a contractor to help with design and construction. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best home builders in Bakersfield so you find a licensed, insured and bonded contractor offering experience, customization and a record of satisfied customers.

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Gaskill Rose Luxury Home Builders
Gaskill Rose Luxury Home Builders
Features
  • Over 28 years of experience
  • Custom & semicustom homes
  • Environmentally efficient smart homes
  • Bakersfield model home
Location
13524 Faringford Ln.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 664-2582
#3
Soper Homes
Soper Homes
Features
  • Online gallery
  • Track your custom home progress using Buildertrend
  • Model home in Bakersfield
  • In business since 1995
Location
4112 Woodcastle Way
Bakersfield, CA 93314
(661) 587-5608
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John Balfanz Home Inc.
John Balfanz Home Inc.
Features
  • Semicustom home building
  • 30 years in business
  • A+ rating with BBB
  • Quality craftsmanship, design & care
Location
8821 Forest Oak Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93312
(661) 589-0717
Dave Packer Custom Builder
Dave Packer Custom Builder
Features
  • Hours unavailable
  • davepackerhomes.com
Location
9160 Rosedale Hwy., Ste. 500
Bakersfield, CA 93312
(661) 665-8800
Froehlich Signature Homes
Froehlich Signature Homes
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  • M-W: 11am - 5pm
  • F-Sat: 11am - 5pm
  • Closed Th and Sun
  • froehlichhomes.com
Location
Serves residents in
Bakersfield, CA
(661) 834-9200
Ortega Builders
Ortega Builders
Features
  • M-Sat: 7am - 5pm
  • Closed Sun
  • ortegabuilders.com
Location
Serves residents in
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 201-0747

How to choose a home builder in Bakersfield

Bakersfield skyline

Home builders in Bakersfield must have a current, valid license from the State of California’s Contractor State License Board (CSLB). This includes both general contractors, which oversee construction, and any specialty contractors subcontracted by the general contractor. Check a license on the California CSLB website.

Search for home builders in Bakersfield that are both licensed and well-reviewed. Ask family and friends for recommendations. You can also search for members of professional trade organizations like the National Association of Home Builders or contact local associations, including the Home Builders Association of Kern County.

Any home builder in Bakersfield you consider should also be insured for workers’ compensation and general liability and have a contractor license bond. Ask for proof of insurance and bond. Also, ask for a list of homeowners who live in houses built the contractor. Contact these people to ask about their experiences working with the home builder and their satisfaction with the homes.

Questions to ask a home builder

Talk with at least three reputable home builders in Bakersfield about building a house. Ask these questions:

  • Are you licensed, insured and bonded for home building in Bakersfield?
  • How much experience do you have designing and constructing homes?
  • Do you have a list of references with contact information? What are the addresses of homes you’ve built? Do you have any model homes to visit?
  • Can I fully customize a home?
  • Do you build only in certain areas?
  • Will you be obtaining permits and following all laws in the City of Bakersfield, Kern County and the State of California?
  • Who will be constructing the home? Who will be supervising? Will you be using subcontractors?
  • Who will be my contact person for questions during construction?
  • How much will it cost to build my home? Do you work with any particular lenders?
  • How long will it take to construct the home?
  • What warranties will come with the new home?

How much does it cost to build a home in Bakersfield

The average cost to build a house in Bakersfield is between $350,000 and $400,000. The cost can be higher or lower depending on a number of factors:

  • The type of house and where’s it built (on-site vs. off-site)
  • The size of the house, including square footage and number of floors
  • How much customizing you do
  • Land costs
  • Material costs
  • Labor costs
  • Permit fees

The California CSLB suggests getting at bids from at least three home builders in Bakersfield, each with all costs included to allow for a fair comparison.

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Clayton has been building affordable, high-quality homes across the U.S. since 1956. The company offers site-build homes, modular homes and manufactured homes. It is certified for green building and has won numerous design awards. Customers like Clayton’s variety of floor plans and say the company makes the homebuying process simple and efficient.

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