Building a Custom Home - Part 2 Selecting Your Builder

You want to be sure you are hiring a Certified Professional Home Builder, and have confidence that your home will be built to the highest standards. You want to trust your builder to be your eyes and ears during the building process, and pay close attention to the details.  When looking for the builder that will suit you best here are a few things to consider:

Model homes and plans

·         Take a close look at the quality of the homes—is construction solid, the finishing well done with attention to details?

·         Compare layouts and size (more square feet do not always mean more living space).

·         Find out the standard features in each model home and what the upgrades are (i.e. extra cost) and ask to see samples of the builder's standard finishing products.

·         Note features of homes that appeal to you (worth considering when you have made a final decision on a model and have some leeway for details).

·         Imagine your family's daily routine throughout the seasons.

·         Note if the builder is using brand-name products you know and trust.

·         Ask about each builder's design flexibility (e.g. moving walls, enlarging windows).

·         Ask about optional or upgrade "packages" (e.g. lighting and plumbing fixtures).

·         Look at the company's other designs and plans.

·         Ask about lot availability for the home model you are interested in—there may be restrictions.

The builder

·         You should shop around for your builder as carefully as you do for your home.

·         Is the company a member of the local Home Builders' Association? Membership is an important indication of their professionalism.

·         Does the company belong to a provincial new home warranty program?

·         How long has the company been in business, and on average, how many homes do they build annually?

·         Where else have they built and/or are they building now? (It's worth a quick tour to see if you like the finished results.)

·         Will they give you the names of past customers for references? (Do check with a few to find out if they are satisfied and would recommend the builder.)

·         Ask about after-sales service—a professional builder has an established follow-up system.

·         Find out, in detail, what the warranty on your home covers.

·         What is the recommended deposit? Can you make a refundable deposit to hold the home/lot for a few days or a week, while you make a final decision?

·         Are you expected to make milestone payments throughout construction or pay the full price of the home, less deposit, on the day you take possession?

·         When can construction begin, and when can you expect to move in?

·         Who will your contact person be, before and during construction of your home?

·         Would you be able to visit your home during construction?

 

 

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