Questions to ask Home Builders
Your decision to build a custom home is possibly one of the most critical investments you’ll ever make. You’ll need to be 100% sure that you’re working with not just any professional. Most of all, the right one for you and your job. Furthermore, questions to ask home builders are listed below.
Who chooses the subcontractors? Will they be insured?
A builder typically has experience working with a certain team of subcontractors. Therefore, making the process smoother and a better working relationship overall. If you have a specific subcontractor you’re interested in, inform your builder up front to get their thoughts on the matter.
All of our subcontractors are licensed and insured. Which is something you don’t find with every builder, believe it or not. Most of all, we’ve been working with the same trusted team for many years.
Can you build what I want within my budget?
Even without specific house plans you should be able to take your ideas and requirements to a builder and get a rough estimate on how much they would charge you. In addition, it’s wise to avoid the lowest bid and the highest bid. Consequently, There’s always a reason for that.
Do you have a model I can walk through and previous clients I can contact?
This is one of the most important questions to ask a custom builder. Most of all, if a builder is proud of their work and has a good reputation, they should have no problem arranging for you to see a completed project.
Not all custom home builders have vacant model homes for potential clients to see. But they may have current or previous customers who are willing to let you walk through to check out the builder’s craftsmanship and finished work.
How much customizing can be done? Can features and finishes be upgraded?
This question could have any number of answers. Depending on the builder, it all comes down to your preferences. But with us, the sky is the limit on a custom build. We’ll essentially be building your house on paper first. Working through all of the details and making every selection that you and your family want. From there we can determine an exact cost for your home.
Do you offer any sort of warranty, and if so, what does it include?
This question is very important, and you should make sure to get the answer to this question in writing and included in your contract with the builder. One of the biggest advantages of new construction is that your house and everything inside of it is brand new and under warranty.
You can’t beat knowing that major repairs like a new furnace or a new roof are likely decades away.
How do you monitor the construction of my home?
It’s definitely not uncommon for home builders to have multiple projects happening at the same time. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, you should be sure to ask if they have a plan in place to manage everything.
How will you be kept informed on progress? Will you be speaking with the builder or a project manager? Who is on site? The builder or a supervisor? You’ll want to know what to expect in terms of communication and updates.
How often should I expect updates? How quickly do you respond to emails and voicemails?
The key to any successful relationship is open communication. Therefore it’s no different with your builder. Can you expect an update daily, weekly, or bi-monthly? If you call and leave a message, how soon will your message be returned? How often are emails returned?
Furthermore, one of the things that sets us apart is that we’re on site every day, communicating constantly. In addition, you will never be left in the dark as to what is going on with your project’s status or any questions you may have.
What’s your process for fixing things after my home has been built?
It’s not uncommon after move-in day to notice a few blemishes, scratches or dents that need to be fixed. You’ll want to be sure there’s a clause in your contract that states the builder will come back and fix these types of things after you’ve moved in.
Typically, this has to happen within a certain number of days to protect the builder from having to pay for natural wear and tear.
In conclusion, these are just some of the basic questions you need to ask a potential builder. Most of all, every family is unique and every situation has its own set of requirements. Therefore, do not limit yourself to the questions to ask home builders. You should feel free to ask anything and even come back days or weeks later with more.