Deciding to build your new home from scratch is a big step, and you need a trusted custom home builder to do it. Ask these questions before you sign on the dotted line.
5 Questions to Ask a Custom Home Builder
- What do you do? This may seem like a very basic question to ask, but it is an important one. Some home builders might only work on the exterior or framework of the home, while others may only do interior renovations. Depending on the type of project you are considering, this is an essential part of the process of narrowing down the list of prospects
- What do your recent projects look like? Every custom home builder should have a portfolio of recent projects, and this should include photos of some projects that they are proud to have completed. Be sure also to ask to see examples of projects that are similar to what you are looking for. If you are looking for an entire home to be designed, ask to see some floor plans and ending photos of the design. On the other hand, if you just want to remodel your kitchen, all you need to see are some examples of remodeled kitchens
- Do you have any customers who will speak to me about the quality of your service? Testimonials and referrals are the number one way to find out if a builder does a good job. He or she can claim all the expertise in the world, but that expertise is only proven with multiple satisfied customers. You may want to steer clear of builders who refuse to let you speak to prior customers because this may indicate problems with the quality of their work
- How much insurance do you have? Any builder you speak with should have plenty of insurance to cover their work in case of any damages. Ask to see their policy to make sure that the amount of damages will more than cover what you are having done. Of course these amounts will vary according to the type of project you want to have done. Kitchens may not require as much insurance as whole homes, but also keep in mind that even with a kitchen project, other parts of the home can sustain damage. This goes for every single builder out there, so don’t believe anyone if they tell you that they don’t need insurance because their work is perfect every time. While you want a high degree of precision with a low percentage of errors, 100 percent perfect is not possible on 100 percent of any company’s project. Builders with insurance up to $2 million per occurrence should have more than enough to cover anything you might be doing
- What are the qualifications of the supervisors? While it’s important that the workers know what they are doing when working on your project, it is even more important that the supervisor knows what he is doing. Ask about the supervisor’s qualifications, like education and years of experience. This will speak volumes about the ability of the company as a whole.
Looking for a custom home builder can seem like a major task because you need someone who not only knows what they are doing but also is comfortable building to specs created by someone else. You need a designer as well as a builder because they must be able to see your project in their minds and bring it to life.