1) How can I contact you during the process?
When building a home, keeping in contact with the builder is vital. Your builder can answer any questions or concerns you have, so be sure to exchange phone and email information from the start.
2) How long have you been building?
Finding out how much experience the builder has may give you an idea of the quality and reliability of their work. However, longevity does not always equate to good work. Do your research on the builder before deciding to work with them.
3) What does the warranty entail?
I cannot stress how important it is to find out the details of the warranty on your home. A credible builder will offer at least a year warranty and offer to touch-up paint, adjust cabinets and make other minor adjustments on a newly built home.
4) How much access will I have to my home during the process?
The process of building a house can be very exciting! Thus, many homeowners want to be a part of process as much as possible (as they should). Going to the site and seeing how your future home is progressing should never be an issue. Just be sure to inform your builder when you are going to stop by, so he can inform workers on site for safety and security reasons.
Determining how long it takes to build a home can vary depending on the weather during the process and the design of the house. Most construction companies will quote 5-6 months. It’s crucial to talk to your builder about how much time it’ll take to get everything done. A seasoned builder should be able to give you written or electronic information of when certain projects will be taking place on your home.
6) How much will it cost to build? What is the payment schedule?
After deciding how you would like your future home to be designed, it’s time to take it to a builder (or several) to get an estimate of what the cost would be to build it. Prices can vary depending on what you require but it’s important to be reasonable about how much you are willing to spend. Also, be sure to find out how financing works and if you will need to take out a construction loan. Most builders work on a pay-as-you-go basis so avoid builders who want full payment upfront.
7) What type of amenities do you provide?
Inclusive amenities can range from abundant to sparse depending on who your builder is. While Miller Construction has an all-inclusive package, some builders are not as accommodating. Find out what prospective builders offer and what will be most beneficial.
8) How do you compare with other builders?
Finding the perfect builder for your vision can be difficult but it’s important to weigh all your options. Be sure to do your research on different companies and consider the pros and cons of each. Setting up a meeting with potential builders gives you a chance to hear what they offer and ask them questions as well.
9) Can I tour your model homes and/or see your previous work?
Touring builder’s model homes or seeing pictures of previous homes they’ve built, allows you to see how their work is executed. From there, you can decide if their skillset fits the vision for your dream home.
10) How are projects managed during construction?
While finding out how the builder delegates specific tasks to his contractors might seem useless, it can give you better insight of how efficient and organized the builder is. Working with someone who is unsystematic and lacks structure, is something you want to avoid.