Building your home is a huge financial and emotional investment. To make the process easier, it’s essential to find a builder that you can trust with your future home. Good communication is key to ensuring that your dream home is brought to life, from the very first plans until the final walk-through at the end of construction. Here are 5 important questions to ask your builder to make sure your home will be in good hands throughout the entire process.
What Are Your Qualifications and Certifications?Are You Insured?
While it might seem like an obvious question, it pays to make sure that your home builder is fully insured. Both public liability and workers compensation insurance are essential, and it is recommended to enquire about home warranty insurance which will cover any defects in construction only visible after work has finished.
Exactly What Is Included In Your Quote?
This is a vital question for anyone who wants to prevent a potentially nasty shock at the end of construction. Many quotes will have clauses built in which allow the builder to charge you for every change to the plans, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant. To avoid being tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket, go over the quote in detail to make sure it includes everything that you want from your new home. If you make any changes, make sure you view a new quote with an updated costing attached.
When Can We Go Through The Plans?
Now that you have checked the qualifications, understood insurance, and accepted the quote, it’s time to sit down with your builder and go through the final detailed plan. Be sure to take your time over this step, as your plans need to be everything that you envisaged for your new home. This is where you can raise questions in regards to materials. For example, you may have mentioned that you wanted a certain grade of tinted glass for the living room windows, and all of your steel to been sourced from a quality mild steel processing manufacturer. Unless you see it written exactly as you want, then there’s a chance you’ll be disappointed with the end product.
What Is The Building Schedule For My Home, And How Will You Adhere To It?
This is one point that is crucial to a less stressful building experience. Get your builder to commit to certain completion dates for various stages of the construction process, and negotiate a progress payment system where you only pay for completed work. Talk about possible delays and how you will try and work through them, such as prolonged rain and other weather issues.
If you’re happy with your builder’s answers to these questions, you can feel comfortable signing the contract and getting the construction underway. Don’t be afraid to get several quotes from a number of different builders before making your decision, and make sure you ask all of them the key questions to set your mind at ease.
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