Should You Interview Your Home Builder?

If you want a custom home, you may not know how to find a home builder to manage your project.  Selecting a contractor may be your most important decision because it affects the entire process as well as the outcome. While recommendations are helpful, you should take the time to get to know your builder before the first nail is ever hammered. Here is a list of questions to ask a potential contractor to be sure you are working with the right company.

 

Start with the Basics

 

What kind of experience does the home builder have? How many years has he been in the industry, and how many houses has he built? Are the workers licensed and insured? Is there a single contact person within the company who will be your project manager? How is a price and time period decided? Gather some rudimentary information and references to see if the contractor has the level of qualification and reputation you want.

 

Determine the Work Style

 

Work with a builder who can bring your vision to life. Can you provide your own house plans or do you have to choose from a limited selection? What energy-saving features or modern technology can be incorporated into the design? Is there flexibility to make minor changes along the way? You might prefer to work with a contractor who is open to your suggestions and questions.

 

Tie up Loose Ends

 

If you will be in a neighborhood, you may have need information about covenants or homeowners’ association by-laws. Your builder should be able to work with the HOA as well as inspectors or agencies that oversee permits and ordinances.  Are you allowed at the construction site?  What about the walk-through, final inspection, warranty, and check list after moving in? A good builder provides customer service even after the home is completed.

 

You should have complete confidence in the contractor you hire to build your dream home. Don’t hesitate to ask all your questions and be satisfied with the answers before you sign any contract. Craftsman Construction is happy to answer these questions and more about new home construction, so call us for more information.

 

 

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