There are laws and regulations that home builders must abide by. When they do not do this effectively, they put your home and your money in jeopardy. Spend a few minutes learning more about legal actions taken against the home builder you are considering. Some may have minor issues that were handles. Unsolved problems, though, are trouble.
A good way to learn about a home builder and the service that he can provide to you is to use the Better Business Bureau. This consumer agency is not biased and they can provide detailed information to you about others that have had problems with the company. You can even access them online.