You have finally chosen the perfect home design, meticulously looked over the specific materials you want to be used for your dream home, and visualized how your property would look like after it is fully constructed.
Before you start your home construction in Vancouver, you should choose a reputable home builder first. The level of caution and attentiveness you exerted into picking the right materials for your dream home should remain the same when you are starting to choose the ideal home builder to complete your construction in Vancouver.
To be able to find the perfect home builder, you should know the right questions to be asked. Asking the right questions would help you determine if the home builder is capable, reliable, and qualified. These questions would also give you a clearer picture of what to expect during the construction.
Here are some of the most important questions you should ask a prospective home builder:
Do you have an official work address where I can reach you?
It’s always better to hire a home builder that’s established. A professional with an official work address, office telephone number, and office email address is a good sign.
When have you started working as a home builder?
Years of experience is paramount in choosing the right home builder for your house. Hiring someone inexperienced can just result in a poor quality of work, and not to mention, a waste of time and money.
Can you follow a home design/plan that I have built myself, or can you only build homes from your own designs/plans?
Asking this question is extremely important if you have your very own plan or design that you want following. On the other hand, if you are having a pre-designed home built and there are just particular details that you want to be adjusted to your own preference, you should ask the builder about this beforehand.
Have you had any previous experience building a house with the same design as mine?
Experience is important but experience working with the same house design is much better.
Can you provide a list of references for your past work?
The answer to this question should always be yes. A dependable builder should be willing (if not proud) to let you talk to their previous clients about their past work.
Do you have a list of subcontractors and workers you would hire to complete the job, or would I need to recommend subcontractors and workers of my choosing?
Most home builders already have a crew of workers they always complete jobs with; if this is the case, get the details of the workers and look them up one by one to find out more about their qualifications.
Do you have the necessary licenses and insurance?
Again, the answer should always be yes. Hiring a builder who lacks required licenses, credentials, qualifications, and, most importantly, insurance is a no-no.
Do you offer a warranty? What does it cover?
Never forget to ask this question. Knowing the coverage of the warranty would cover your back in the event something unforeseen happens, such as a defect in their work just after a few days of moving in the newly built house.
These are just some of the important questions a client should ask a builder aside from the usual inquiries regarding costs and length of time it would take for the construction to be completed.