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10 Questions to Ask Your Potential Home Builder

10 Questions to Ask Your Potential Home Builder
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When you’ve made the decision to build your own custom home, one of the most crucial tasks ahead is selecting the right builder. Making the wrong choice can lead to ongoing problems as well as maintenance issues in your home. To help ensure you’re making the best decision, here are some key questions you should ask the builder:

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Seek Knowledge:

Don’t hesitate to ask questions, even if you’re unfamiliar with construction matters. Remember, you’re not expected to be an expert in building homes—that’s the builder’s domain.

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Do Your Research:

Take advantage of online resources to gather information about the builder. Check if there are any complaints reported by the Better Business Bureau. Talk to mortgage companies, vendors, and other new home buyers who have already done their research. Assess the professionalism of the company’s website, as it often reflects the company’s values.

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3

Company Experience:

Inquire about the builder’s experience and how long they have been in the industry. A well-established history can be an indicator of reliability, but don’t discount newer companies that might be highly motivated to build a solid reputation.

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4

First Meeting Insights:

Treat your initial meeting with the builder as a job interview where you’re evaluating them. Observe how they respond to questions, even the seemingly silly ones. Look for transparency and compatibility since you’re seeking a reliable partner for the project.

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5

Energy Conservation:

Ask if the builder adheres to the state’s mandated 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Knowing this will help ensure your home meets energy efficiency standards.

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6

HERS Score:

Inquire about the average HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of the homes they build. This score indicates the energy efficiency of the property and is a valuable indicator of their commitment to building sustainable homes.

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7

Specialization and Pricing:

Learn about the builder’s architectural styles and the typical price ranges they work in. Ensure their expertise aligns with the type of home you desire.

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8

Contractor Qualifications:

Assess the qualifications of the contractors who will be performing the actual work. Understand who will be on-site during construction and who will be your contact throughout the process.

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9

Trustworthiness:

The trustworthiness of the builder is paramount. Look for a history of honesty and integrity. Small dishonesties may be indicative of larger issues. Pay attention to their ethical conduct, even in smaller matters.

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10

Third-Party Inspection:

Inquire if the builder is open to having your new home inspected by a third-party property inspector upon completion. A builder who is confident in their work will welcome such inspections, ensuring the quality of your home.

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Choose a BUILT TO SAVE® certified Builder

For a list of certified BUILT TO SAVE® builders, you can visit www.BuiltToSave.org

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