5 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builder Before Hiring Them

Building a new home allows homeowners to design a living space that fits their present needs and future plans. Unfortunately, deciding on a custom home builder—one who can meet the size and scope of your project while staying within budget and on schedule—means weeding through an abundance of options.

Here are the 5 questions to ask your custom home builder before hiring them.

1. Do they have a portfolio of similar projects?

A home builder should have a recent list of similar-sized and comparable-quality projects you can view or visit. Ask for a list of former clients you can speak with to verify they have done their work to the homeowners’ satisfaction.

2. Is the home builder licensed and insured?

A high-quality builder should be licensed and have a surety bond and insurance to prove their financial stability. They should have a clean criminal background and the ability to build sound homes.

3. What is the time frame for new construction?

Aside from bad weather and supply chain issues, your home builder should be able to meet the scheduled milestones they’ve agreed to in your contract. Avoid contractors who take on more work than their crews can handle.

4. How are the home systems, materials, and finishes picked?

Having a choice of interior finishes, exterior materials, and home operating systems (including appliances) is often the fun part for the homeowner. A home builder should offer builder-grade or premium-grade interiors and home systems.

5. When will the home be ready to move in?

Ask the contractor’s references whether they finished the project within a reasonable timeframe for the deadline. This indicates the home builder respects the homeowners’ schedule and needs.

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