a new home is one of the most important decisions a person can make
in their lifetime. It is surprising how many people do not do their
home work. We recommend that you fully research the decision you
are making before you proceed. Here are a few questions that we
recommend you consider when selecting a builder to construct your
How long has the builder been in business?
• How many homes of the size and quality you are seeking
has the Builder completed?
• Has ever not completed a home that he has started?
• In what price range are the Builder’s average
• What is the Builder’s average size home?
• Where did the builder learn his profession?
• Does the Builder appear to be well organized?
How many other jobs will the Builder be undertaking while he
is working on your project?
• Will the customer be able to talk directly to the Builder?
• What aspects of the job does the Builder perform himself?
• Is there a job supervisor, or does the Builder perform
his own supervising?
• How long has the average subcontractor been working
for the Builder?
• What is the Builder’s policy with regard to Change
• Does the Builder appear flexible?
AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Ask the Builder to provide a list of customer references.
• Ask the Builder to provide a list of banking, professional
and trade references.
• Is the Builder a member, or has he ever held office
in a professional trade association (ie. National Association
of Home Builders).
• Does the Builder belong to any civic associations?
Is the Builder willing to put everything in writing?
• What is the payment schedule?
• What is the payment policy for extras (ie. Deposit up
front, balance due when)?
• Is there a specifications book provided to the buyers?
• Is there a mortgage contingency?
When will the final walk through be scheduled?
• Are there periodic walk-throughs scheduled in the first
year of ownership?
• What warranty company does the Builder belong to?
• How do you contact the Builder to schedule a warranty
• Who will perform the Builder’s warranty service
you should make sure that your Builder is financially sound. Many
home buyers have been unhappily surprised when they found out that
their Builder could not afford to finish their new home or renovation.
By that point it was too late, the customer was already financially
married to the builder, and his problems become their problems.
the time you need researching your Home Builder before you sign
a contract. You need to make sure that your choice of a Builder
is the right fit for you.