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8 Questions to Ask Prospective Home Builders

8 Questions to Ask Prospective Home Builders

If you’re finally ready to turn your dreams into reality and start your custom build home construction project, you want to make sure you choose the very best crew to get the job done. It’s essential to ask any prospective home builders a few crucial questions to make sure you get the best fit for your project.


1. How Long Have You Been Building Homes?


Although there may be a few “newbies” helping out on the crew, you want to make sure that whoever’s in charge of building your home has lots of experience. When your home builders have many years of experience, they know how to do the job, what issues they could run into, and hopefully have a positive track record and happy clients.

But while some builders may have a lot of experience — and be very good at what they do — what’s their experience with unique projects?

They may only have experience working from specific floor plans made for developments, so ask how many custom builds they have done.


2. Are you licenced and/or registered with any local organizations or professional associations?


In some jurisdictions, it’s necessary to be registered with provincial and municipal organizations, so you want to make sure that your prospective home builder is. Simply phone your municipality to ask what’s required to be registered in your area. And even if your area doesn’t require licencing if your prospective home builder is registered with some local professional associations, that’s a positive sign.


3. Do you have references and a portfolio?


Asking for references for such a significant project is a must! And your prospective home builder should have them readily available for you. Be wary if they hesitate to provide them and look for recent references as well. Having references that are more than a few years old should be a warning flag.

Your prospective home builder should also have a portfolio of their home construction projects ready to show you. This should show a variety of projects they’ve completed and will give you an idea of where their expertise lies and how diverse their projects can be.


4. Do you carry insurance?


If your home builder doesn’t have liability insurance, you may be responsible for any accidents or damage that occurs during the building process. A good company will have insurance coverage to protect against anything that may happen.


5. Do you offer any warranties?


You’d be surprised at how many home builders offer no warranty for their work — or have an extremely limited one. You want to make sure you work with a home builder who will stand behind their work.


6. Will I have a main contact person?


If you have any questions or issues you’d like addressed, do you know who to contact? It can be frustrating not having someone you can contact — or worse, given the run-around and passed from person to person. Find out who will be your primary contact(s) and who will readily give you their information.


7. What sets your company apart from others?


Does the company offer additional services that may be of interest to you? For instance, Bennefield provides design services to provide you with options based on your needs, wants, and budget. Others may add extra touches that make your home building process smoother. These extra touches and services may end up being your deciding factor.


8. Do you offer a free consultation?


You want to be able to see what a company can do for you without making a commitment. Ask if you can meet up online or in-person for a consultation to discuss a few ideas. This should give you a good idea of who you feel a connection with and who you’d like to work with most.


At Bennefield Construction, our experienced home builders are more than happy to offer you a free consultation, and our on-staff interior designer is always ready to chat about your ideas. Contact us today with any of your questions or to get started on your home construction.

Building an Energy-Efficient Home? Here’s What You Need to Consider

Building an Energy-Efficient Home? Here’s What You Need to Consider

Building energy-efficient homes have become the standard way of building now that we’ve all become more environmentally conscious and want a greener footprint. But energy-efficient homes are also quite a bit different than homes you may have custom-built before. Here’s what you need to consider.   Get a Designer With Experience   There’s a lotContinue Reading