The Best Questions to Ask When Building a Custom Home

December 15, 2015

Do you have a ton of questions about building a custom home? Ask away, we promise you won’t stump us. For more than a quarter of a century, we’ve taken thousands of customers through the process of building their dream home. No matter what custom home questions you may have, we have the answers. Here are eight of the best questions to ask your future builder (we hope that’s us). The answers to these questions will help you prepare for the building process and understand what to expect from your home builder:

1. Do you have any testimonials?

It’s so important to listen to what a builder’s customers say about them. Did they have a pleasant experience, did the construction stay on time and budget? Don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials and recommendations.

2. What building materials do you use?

Ask your builder which materials they use in construction. This list includes everything from lumber and plumbing to windows and roofing. It’s important to find a builder with commitment to high quality construction.

3. Are you environmentally responsible?

Choosing an environmentally responsible builder means that you’re committed to waste reduction, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Choose a builder that’s Energy Star certified.

4. Where do you build?

Builders usually specialize in one or more areas– make sure that area is the place you want to build. Ask your builder where they build.

5. Can I build a home in my budget?

Make sure that your budget aligns with your home builder. At Estes Builders, we specialize in homes priced between $175-200 per square foot. Knowing your price bracket helps you find the best homebuilder match.

6. How can I minimize unexpected charges?

Make sure that the builder you choose has a well-documented building process, and is willing to give you a step-by-step plan to the building process.

7. How long will it take to build my custom home?

Will the builder stick to a strict schedule or is the schedule more flexible to make room for unexpected delays? Find out how closely they adhere to the building process.

8. Can I visit my home while it’s being built?

During the construction phase, you may wish to visit your new home and bring along others. Ask your homebuilder if that’s possible. At Estes Builders, we believe that when you have all the answers before you hire a builder you can build with greater confidence and less stress. That’s why we have compiled a complete resource that includes all of the most important questions to ask when you hire a builder. Simply sign up to download 13 Tough Questions to Ask When Hiring a Builder. Ready to get started building your own dream home? We’d love to answer these questions and more during our no pressure meeting. Click here to complete a Project Analysis. Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.]]>