Friends, friends of friends, open houses, a local “Parade of Homes”, local Home designers and/or Architects, etc. are also excellent sources for getting names of local home builders
Find a local Realtor familiar with the your area and have the Realtor find comparable new home sales so that you can compare.
A good home building contract can save you headaches and money.A Fixed Price Contract will save you worry about cost overruns. A Cost plus a Fixed Fee Contract could save you money but with more worries.