Questions to Ask My Potential Custom Home Builder

You’ve finally decided to get your dream home built. But even with your perfect designs in mind, you’re going to need a good home builder you can trust to get everything in place just the way you want it.

Whether you’re building something completely customized or have chosen plans for a stock home, you still want to feel comfortable with the builder you’ve entrusted to construct it. You may not have thought about the actual building science in your visionary blueprint. That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals.

Sometimes choosing the right home builder can feel overwhelming, and it may prove difficult to determine just who the right one is. Eventually, you’ll narrow it down based on some cursory information you find, but you’re going to want to conduct a comprehensive interview, so you know your dream home will be in good hands.

If you’re not sure exactly where to start with the kind of important information you ought to know, these 7 questions to ask a potential custom home builder should help you make the right decision.

  1. How many years have you been in the business? How many homes have you built? And are you licensed and insured?
    Okay, that’s more than one question, but this is the initial, essential information you’ll need to know. Make sure they’re licensed, insured, and experienced.
  2. What kind of warranty do you offer? And what is and isn’t covered?
    Another important question. Mistakes can happen, and you don’t want to have to be the one to pay for it. Get the answer in writing in your contract.
  3. Do you have a model home I can walk through or a previous home I can tour?
    You’re going to want to see some real-life examples and references. If a model isn’t available, see if any previous customers are willing to let you take a tour.
  4. Do you build only stock home plans or can I provide custom plans? Are there upgrade options?
    Home building is a team effort, and if you have custom ideas or want to upgrade a standard model, make sure your builder allows it. The team must be on board to help you realize your dream plans.
  5. Who will oversee the construction of my home?
    Some builders may have other current projects, but you’ll want to know who to contact with questions about yours and who will contact you with updates.
  6. How often can I visit the construction site?
    It’s one thing to trust your builder and trust their communications with you, but don’t neglect to visit the site as often as possible. Just give them a heads up, for safety precautions.
  7. I would like to see invoices and updated labor costs immediately.
    This is not a question, but nevertheless something that ought to be made clear with your builder nonetheless. Some builders price projects differently, so it’s important to understand their fee structure. Especially if there happens to be a labor and/or materials cost increase.

You’ll also want to ask about estimate completion time, how potential issues may be resolved with sub-contractors, financing options, and their process for inspections at key points during construction.

If you are designing a custom home, doing interior or exterior renovations, creating a new addition on an existing home, a commercial tenant fit-out, or multi-unit residential complex design in Bucks County, PA, we can help. Get in touch with our expert team at Fluent Design Group today.    

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