Are you building a new home? If so, then you're likely very excited about the process. Building a new home can be fun because you get to put your own personal touches on the home's materials, finishes, and overall design. However, it's important that you work with the right builder. If you choose the wrong builder, you could find the construction process to be overly complicated and frustrating. You should interview several builders to find the right one for you. Here are three important questions to ask in those interviews:
What types of homes do you normally build? Most builders will either specialize in a certain type of home or will work in a specific price range or niche. You're probably not going to find a builder who builds small starter homes and also builds luxurious mansions. By sticking to one type of home, the builder can simplify their process and work with the same types of materials on all jobs.
Make sure that the builder's history is consistent with what you're looking for. If you want an eco-friendly luxury lake house, then you should find a builder who has experience in that niche. If you're building a starter home on a tight budget, work with a builder who has worked with similar buyers in the past.
What is your change order process? Change orders can be a common source of stress between homeowners and builders. A change order happens either when a homeowner requests a change in the middle of the construction process or when the builder has to make a change because certain materials aren't available. Without a smooth process in place, the change order can lead to stress, dispute, and even a slowdown in work. The builder should have a formalized process in place to deal with changes so that it doesn't bring the project to a halt. Ask them to describe their process in detail.
What is your warranty? It's very common to find some kind of issue or problem in a home after you move in. Building a house is a complicated undertaking. It's natural that there could be small issues that need to be addressed after the fact. You don't want to have to pay for those repairs yourself, especially if they're caused by a builder error. Get details on the builder's warranty program. Be sure you understand exactly what the warranty covers and how long it lasts. A quality builder who is confident in their work should be able to provide you with a written copy of their warranty.
For more information, talk to some custom home builders in your area. They can help you get the information you need to make a confident decision.