If you have decided to build your own home, you will have to hire a team of contractors or builders to help you. Ideally, you should consider hiring local contractors. These professionals offer a number of advantages compared to working with national contractors.


More Money Stays in Your Community

When you hire a local contractor or buy something from a local store, more of your money stays in the community. According to some analysts, when you spend $100 with a local company, $68 of that money stays in your community. That money goes toward supporting other businesses and families in your community, and it helps to make your community a more interesting, thriving place for everyone.

In contrast, when you shop at a national chain or hire a national contractor, an average of only $43 stays in the community. The majority of your money goes somewhere else. As a result, your community loses out on what it needs to survive.


Easier to See Their Work

When you hire local contractors to build a custom home, you can often walk through some of their model homes, and you can go into their offices to take a look through their portfolio. With a national company, you may never get a chance to walk through any of their model homes.


A Personal Touch

Having a face-to-face experience with local contractors doesn’t just allow you to see their work. Generally, it also allows you to enjoy a more personalized experience through the building process. You can really get to know your builders in a way that might not be possible with a national company.



When you hire local contractors, you can trust them and rest assured that they will be accountable to you. They also have a presence in the community so if you have a question or a concern once your home is complete, you can simply call them or go to their offices. In a lot of cases, you don’t have that same sense of accountability when you hire someone who is from outside the community. Unfortunately, on a worst case scenario, they may be a fly-by-night company who disappears at some point during the process.


Experience in Your Area

Local contractors have a lot of experience working in your unique climate. This is especially important in Florida which has ecosystems that are not found in any other parts of the world. In particular, a local contractor knows how to work with the clay rich soils find in many parts of Florida, and they know how to work in a salty environment that is very close to sea level.

When you hire a national company, they may look at building through the lens of what works in other climates. For example, their designs may not be appropriate for the weather patterns or soil structure in Florida. Additionally, their contractors may not know how to deal with the challenges of building in Florida.


If you want the benefits of working with local contractors, you should contact us today. At Passage Island Construction, we create custom homes for people in Vero Beach and the surrounding area. We can use an existing plan or help you design your home from scratch.

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