I’d love to build my own home some day, but I imagine that finding a builder that I could trust and be comfortable with would be one of the toughest aspects.
I would definitely interview at least three builders – and no doubt pepper them with dozens of questions. And today’s guest post, below, has a few of the questions I would be asking.
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Questions to Ask Your Builder Before Your House Build Begins
You’ve been dreaming, and planning, planning and dreaming, and your house building plans are coming along nicely at last. You’ve got everything that you think you need from your plans, and the next stage is to find someone to take those plans off the paper and make something out of them.
Building a house is a daunting task. The idea of someone taking the dream you have and making it a reality is scary – mainly because you have to trust the builder that you pick! It would help if you asked specific questions of your builder to make sure that you have selected the right one.
Before any building starts, you need to know how long building permits last, and you need to know that your builder is the right one for you.
With that in mind, here are a few questions you should be asking any builder you potentially want to hire.
Question 1: How Long Have You Been Building?
It would help if you interviewed your builder as you would anyone else. You’re making an important decision, and this means that you need a builder with the right reputation. You need to know how many houses they’ve built and the price range, whether they’ve had any complaints. You want someone with a good reputation that knows what they’re doing.
Question 2: What Type Of Home Do You Build?
You need to choose a builder who is experienced in building the same type of home that you have planned. You want to make sure that you are getting what you pay for, and you need to ask so that you have the best possible fit.
Question 3: What Makes You Different?
You need to ask your builder what it is that sets them apart. There are a LOT of builders out there in the industry, and you need to make sure that you have the right one. Ask about their achievements and what their track record for success is.
Question 4: What About Permits?
Are you responsible for the permits and how long do building permits last? Depending on the build, you need to think about your zoning boards and the other organizations that have various requirements. It would help if you also asked whether your builder can be responsible for those permits or if you have to be. It’s essential to get this right!
Question 5: Do You Have References?
It’s important to read any online references and reviews about your builder, but you should also ask your builder to provide you with references. They’ll be obliged to give you names of those who they have built for before. Always triple check references; you won’t regret ensuring that your builder is the right one for your home build.
Asking the right questions will go a long way towards ensuring that your house build goes off without a hitch.
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