Here are some legitimate questions to ask your builder candidates. It is helpful that you ask plenty of questions before actually hiring a builder because philosophies regarding service, workmanship, value and efficiency can vary immensely. After all, you will spend considerable with them (Unless they hand the job off to others. If having the builder on the job is essential to you, bring that question up as well). To help you with this important decision, we have developed the following questions:
1. What is your policy on service after the sale and do I receive it in writing?
2. How long do you guarantee your workmanship?
3. Do you have a “service reserve” built into the bid, if so, how much is it?
4. How do you control your sub-contractors if they have to come back after completion?
5. Is the sub-contractor work guaranteed, if so, by the subcontractor or by you?
6. What is your policy on change orders?
7. Do you guarantee a completion date, if so, how?
8. Are you licensed, if so, by whom and what are the requirements?
9. How long have you been in the business and how long on your own?
10. Can you provide me with names and phone numbers of the four most recent homeowners you built for?
11. Do you have a finished home I can see?
12. Do you have insurance, liability and workman’s compensation?
13. May I see an example of the contract and specification sheet that I will be asked to sign?
14. Is clean-up included in your bid? What does your clean up include?
15. Will you provide me with an itemized statement, and if so, how often during construction?
16. How do you handle lien wavers?
17. What sets you apart from your competition and why should I choose you?
18. Can I choose my own suppliers?
Weigh the builder’s answers against what is necessary to you and what is appropriate under your circumstances. Then, utilize the information you’ve gathered to make your final decision.
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