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10 Essential Questions to Ask When Hiring a Home Builder

By January 12, 2021 No Comments
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Building a new home is a big undertaking and ensuring you have the right home builder in your corner is essential. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 essential questions to ask when hiring a home builder. Check them out below!

01. Can you provide documentation of licenses and insurance?

Failing to do your homework on a builder’s qualifications and insurance can lead to trouble down the road. A reputable builder will have no problem providing proof of insurance for the state you’re building in.

02. Who are your main subcontractors, and how did you select them?

Most home builders partner with trusted subcontractors to expedite construction timelines. Understanding how trade partners are selected will give you better insight into how the builder works. It’s also good practice to verify their qualifications and insurance.

03. Can you provide me with a list of references from past clients?

Many builders will include testimonials from past clients on their website, but it’s still a good idea to ask for a list of references. Talking directly with clients from the past two or three years will give you a better sense of what it’s like to work with a specific builder. Be sure to ask about the quality of work, timelines, and communication.

04. Do you have any model homes that I can tour?

It can be challenging to envision what your new home will look like once completed. Touring a builder’s model homes will give you a more accurate picture of what options and upgrades are available. You’ll also get an up-close look at the quality and craftsmanship you can expect from a builder.

05. What’s included in the price?

While touring models is helpful, keep in mind that many model homes often include upgrades that increase the price of the house. Make sure to ask what is included in the price of the home and what are upgrades. This also pertains to items like design drawings, permits, appliances, and waste removal. Knowing what’s included will limit surprises later on and keep your budget on track.

06. How much can I customize my home?

The type of builder you choose to work with will impact how much you can customize your new home. A production home builder tends to build multiples of the same house using a curated list of design selections. Semi-custom builders offer more freedom to customize your home, but there are some limitations. In contrast, a custom home builder allows you to be actively involved in the home design and selections.

07. How long does it take to build a home?

Building timelines vary from builder to builder because everyone has their own process. Several steps have to occur before construction on your new home can begin, including determining your budget, developing and approving your home design, and making design selections. Once those steps are completed, construction can typically start. Clients at Dabbert Custom Homes can usually expect construction to last 120 days from the day we dig.

08. What type of home warranty do you offer?

One of the biggest benefits of a new construction home is that you don’t have to worry about repairs for a while. Everything is brand-new and will likely be under warranty from the builder or manufacturer. When hiring a home builder, make sure you understand what type of warranty is available, including what it covers and for how long.

09. What makes you different from other home builders?

Building a home from the ground up requires a significant investment of time and money. The last thing you want to end up with is a home that doesn’t meet your expectations. Getting to know what sets a potential home builder apart from others gives you a more in-depth insight into their personality and style.

10. Do you trust them?

Unlike the questions above, this one is directed at you. While reputation, experience, and quality of work are important, those factors mean nothing if you don’t trust the builder. The relationship you have with your builder doesn’t end when your home is completed. It will extend through the length of your warranty. The most valuable thing you can do is listen to your gut. If something feels off, there’s a good chance they’re not the right home builder for you.

Discover the Dabbert Difference

Dabbert Custom Homes is a premier home builder in Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding area. Our team brings over 25 years of experience to the table and specializes in designing and building homes tailored to your exact needs. Get in touch today to learn more about building with Dabbert Custom Homes.

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