If you have decided to build a home, one of the most important things you can do is to carefully select between possible home builders in your area. It is a good idea to interview potential home builders to help you decide which one is the right fit for you, especially considering the architectural style and scope of the build you are interested in, as well as your budget and timeline.
Here are some questions you could ask possible home builders:
- “What is your experience level?” This might include the number of years they have been building and the number of homes they have completed building during that time.
- “Are you licensed and insured?”
- “How will you determine the costs of the build? When will you know the final cost?” Different formulas and methods are used.
Make sure you take notes during these crucial conversations. Don’t be afraid to ask about what subcontractors they will use, as well as for past customer feedback and references from former clients. Successful, reputable home builders will be happy to share all this information with you and will want you to take the time you need to make the right decision for you.
It is also a good idea to ask about bringing your own designer, how flexible they will be about adjustments made during the design and build process, and what their typical final inspection and walk-through process will look like. If your new home is going to be in a subdivision or other organized community, ask about any homeowners’ association fees you will need to plan for paying in the future.