Question 4: How long will the build take?
Beyond just an estimated end date, ask for a fixed schedule and regular progress reports. It’s good to have information about each stage of the construction, when the builder plans to complete each stage and at what times they expect to get plumbers, electricians and landscapers on site.
If you’re coordinating aspects of the build (for example you’re installing solar panels), a schedule can be a life-saver.
Question 5: How will you handle security?
Construction sites are prime targets for opportunistic thieves – something that’s not altogether surprising given the value of some construction materials left overnight. Make sure you ask your home builder how they plan to keep the site (and your home) secure when they’re not there.
Question 6: How will you handle site improvements?
Grading, permits, engineer reports and everything in between – You need to ask the home builder who’s responsible for the site-related jobs that need to be carried out. Ask first, as there’s a chance these things could be added on as expensive unexpected fees.
Question 7: Do you see any issues with my build?
This is a good question to ask at different stages throughout the project. If you’re aware of any potential issue, you can make better and more informed decisions. Try not to be put off when a builder explains the issues to you – it’s better to be in the know than out of it!
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