If you’ve made the decision to build your new home from the ground up rather than purchase an existing one, you’re going to need to find a builder to work with on the project. It’s understandable if you’re a bit intimidated by this prospect—after all, building a house is a major investment, and the choice of builder plays a major role in determining how smoothly the project will go and the quality of the finished product.
Therefore, it’s important you do some research into your potential builder’s background, and when you have the opportunity, actually speak with them and ask them some questions about their services to build your comfort level. Here are just a few examples of some of the questions you should ask your potential custom home builder in Pennsylvania.
How much experience do you have?
The longer a company has been in business and the more homes (and variety of homes) they’ve built, the more you know you can trust the quality of their services. With an investment as sizable as a new house, you might not want to place your faith in a company that’s relatively new to the home building industry.
Are you licensed and insured?
You should never work with a builder or contractor that’s not licensed and insured. Licensure indicates the builder adheres to certain standards of quality in the industry. Insurance protects both the builder and yourself in the event something goes wrong. Let’s say a worker gets hurt while working on your project—that insurance prevents you from being personally liable.
How do you handle blueprints?
You should find out if the builder only builds off of home plans they supply, or if you’re able to provide your own set of plans you created with the help of an architect. If you want a truly custom home, you’ll probably want to go with a builder who is willing to work off of your plans.
What sort of features are included?
Find out the standard features that come included with your home, as well as the various options for upgrades that will be available to you. For example, if there are any energy-saving features you want to be sure to install, you should be able to select those features to implement in your home.
What happens if I want to make any changes?
Ask the builder what policies they have in place for making changes during the process, and how they handle change orders. There are some builders who will put a deadline on change orders, so it’s important that you’re on the same page about how these situations are to be handled.
Who will be in charge of the construction process?
Get the name and contact information of the person who will oversee the construction of your home. This will be the person you will contact if any issues arise, or if you have any questions or changes.
For more examples of questions you should ask a custom home builder in Pennsylvania before proceeding with your project, contact WSL Incorporated today.