Some people find the neighborhoods they love first and others find the home. In both cases, you want to use these questions when talking to DFW homebuilders. The answers will help you make the right choice for you. If the new home is already built, only some of the questions will apply.
- Are you licensed and insured?
This gives you the protection you need and peace of mind. Request proof of insurance and a current builder’s license for Texas or the state where the home will be built.
- Do you work with a preferred lender?
Sometimes you can get better financing options when you work with a builder’s preferred lender. Investigate other lenders so you have a basis for comparison.
- What does your home warranty include?
The standard is that included appliances are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. The builder’s warranty tends to cover workmanship, materials, systems, and other things related to the quality of the structure. Ask how long the warranty lasts and how they handle repairs during this timeframe.
- Can you provide references from your homeowners?
You can check Amazon and Yelp for reviews of things, restaurants, and places. For homes, your best option is to contact homeowners. Also, ask about touring the homebuilder’s new homes.
- Who will be in charge of building my home?
The project manager will be the person who guides you throughout the home building process. That person will connect you with decorators and other sources. Ask about the person’s experience and if you can meet the person. How will you communicate with each other? Does the person listen intently? How does the person respond to your questions?
- How long does it take to complete the home?
Unexpected things happen. Weather can affect the building process. Ask for estimated start and completion dates, and what factors could cause delays.
- What is standard and what is considered an upgrade in your homes?
Just like buying a car, you have a choice of several models. The more expensive models contain more upgrades that are included in the price. While upgrades will cost extra. The same goes for builders. Some include items as standards while others consider it an upgrade that costs extra.
- How often can I visit the worksite?
In most cases, you can visit your home anytime. After all, it is your home. But you want to take care not to visit too often that it interferes with construction. Discuss tours and site visits with your project manager.
- What happens if I want to make changes after construction begins?
Find out how the homebuilder handles change requests that occur during construction. Changes later in the construction process will cost more than those requested early on.
- Does the price include landscaping?
Basic landscaping and a lawn are usually included. That’s why it’s important to ask about the lawn and exactly what kinds of plants, shrubs, trees, and other greenery come included.
- What energy-efficient features are included?
Most appliances, construction materials, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are energy efficient. Find out what energy-efficient features will be included in your home. New homes with such features maximize the system’s efficiency while minimizing the utility bills.
If the DFW homebuilder balks at your questions, it may be a sign to look elsewhere. Your home is the biggest investment you will ever make. You have the right to be informed about all facets of the homebuilding process.