You've finally decided to build that dream home and have invited us into your living room or have cornered us during the Parade of Homes. Now what?
As a professional homebuilder, we are prepared to answer any questions you have as you make a purchasing decision, arguably one of the most important financial choices in your life.
But while we encourage and welcome this dialogue, we often find that homebuyers aren't typically prepared for that opportunity. In many cases, the questions we get are limited to how much does a new house cost (or cost per square foot), what are the floor tile or cabinet choices, and whether we can cut a deal.
While those are valid questions, we think they only scratch the surface of what homebuyers need to know to help ensure a satisfying experience with our company or any professional builder.
So here are the top five questions we think homebuyers should ask when they are on the cusp of building a new home with us...and why they matter:
Who will run the job?
I will personally be your main point of contact from groundbreaking through the final walk through. You will be able to easily contact me to get the most accurate and up-to-date information and answer questions about your new home. We believe this gives you the best of all worlds; a dedicated builder as your day-to-day go to person along with availability from our entire staff of employees and vendors in support of you and your new home.
Will workers be there all day, every day?
Understanding how we work and the pacing of a typical new home construction process is critical to having a positive experience. In fact, sometimes there are very few people on the jobsite, but that doesn't mean things aren't progressing. There may be an inspection scheduled or a delivery on the way that will trigger crews and subcontractors to return and continue their work...perhaps even later that day, if not the next morning. We keep a tight schedule and our business depends on being efficient, but there are occasional lulls in the process that we'll point out when we go over the building schedule with you.
How often can I stop by the jobsite?
We will set up a regular schedule for you to visit the site, ask any questions, and discuss the project and its progress. For out of town clients we will arrange your visits to coincide with key points in the process. Visiting the home while under construction is an exciting part of building your custom home. While we don't prohibit it, please know that unscheduled visits can affect the schedule and pace of work...and be dangerous depending on the work going on.
Can you supply references?
We are happy to provide you with a chronological list of every client who has purchased a home from us. We encourage you to call a few of the most recent clients and a few from the past to ask about their experience and level of satisfaction as you make your own purchasing decision. We can also arrange for you to visit homes that are similar in budget and style to the home you plan to build. Any professional builder should have references at the ready, including financial partners, trade contractors, materials suppliers, and others we work with that can provide perspective on our professionalism and track record of performance.
How do you handle changes?
Most people don't ask this question because they can't envision making a change to a decision during construction, but it happens all the time. We work diligently with you to create a detailed list of specifications for your house before we break ground, but we also have change order policies and procedures in place -- which we share with you up front and in the purchase contract -- to account for changes after building begins.
Armed with the answers to this handful of questions, we think you'll be more confident in your home buying decisions and more likely to be satisfied with the end result.