When it comes to the construction of your new home, you want to ensure that the builder you choose will be a team dedicated to providing a quality finished product. Often, you will be able to find out a lot about a builder by visiting their website, but it never hurts to ask many questions before the construction process ever begins to take place to ensure you feel confident that you have chosen the right company for the task.
- Can I view a portfolio of finished homes?
Viewing a builder’s portfolio will help you to get a good idea of the style of their homes and will show you what to expect from the finished version of your home.
- What differentiates them from other home builders?
When you select a company to build your home, you’re paying them for likely one of your largest investments. You want to know what makes them good at their job and how they’re different from their competition. A solid company will likely have no problem reassuring you how they stand out.
- Are they licensed and insured?
Often a reputable builder is licensed and insured, but it never hurts to double-check when you’re investing your valuable resources into that company.
- What are the benefits of their homes?
Learn what benefits their homes come with. A community pool? Yard maintenance? Covered porches? Decide on your must-have benefits and make sure the builder you choose provides those.
- How customizable is my home?
While some companies are custom home builders and let you selectively choose every detail and others have a baseline, they adhere to allowing you to make adjustments. Make sure you know what your preference is and make sure that the home builder you decide on aligns with your decision.
- What is their warranty procedure?
When you build a brand-new home, you should be confident that everything will operate smoothly, but on the off chance that something malfunctions, you want to make sure that you have a clear understanding of what their warranty procedure covers and how long it is in effect.
- How often will we communicate during the custom home-building process?
No matter what the company’s communication policy looks like, it’s important to know what to expect before the process begins. Learning their communication policy upfront prevents confusion and frustration.
- Will my home be energy efficient?
Do they provide energy-efficient mechanisms in their homes? What do they consist of and how much should you expect to save on your utilities because of those?
- What Is the HOA involvement?
Ask your builder about the HOA for your neighborhood and where to find more information about their regulations and expectations.
- When will it be ready?
Ask your builder how long they expect the entire process to take place and what their best estimate is for when you will be able to settle down into your new home.