• Questions to Ask Your Home Builder

    May 31, 2019
    When you're thinking about buying a new home, selecting the right home builder is a key step in creating the home of your dreams. You should feel comfortable asking a potential home builder every question that you think is important. And, a professional builder or sales representative will want to make you a happy and satisfied home owner.

    Besides the questions of "How much does it cost?," and "When can we move in?," here are some other questions you should ask:

    • Will the builder give you references of recent buyers/occupants?
    • Does the builder have a financing plan established?
    • Are there options in the floor plan — for example, can a basement or deck be added?
    • Can a room such as the basement be left unfinished?
    • How much "customizing" can be done versus standard features?
    • Can appliances be up- or down-graded?
    • Are there any additional fees relating to the home or development?
    • Will there be a home owners’ association? If so, what will the dues cost and what do they cover?
    • Does the builder offer a warranty program?
    • Does the price include landscaping? What if the plants die within a year?
    • Are there any restrictive covenants?
    • What are the estimated taxes on the property?
    • How is the school system rated?
    • Are day care and grocery stores convenient and satisfactory?
    • What about emergency facilities — police, fire department and hospitals?
    • Are there any major development plans for the area in the next five years?

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