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6 Questions to Ask Your Luxury Home Builder

Jul 02, 2020

Must-Ask Questions for Your Luxury Home Builder

Quite frankly, choosing the right luxury home builder is one of the most important decisions you can make. Not only are they responsible for doing a quality job, but you will also have to work with them for an extended period of time. In order to avoid any problems during the process, there are a number of questions you should ask any luxury home builder before choosing the right one to work with. 

1. How many years of experience do you have?

When meeting with a potential luxury home builder, the very first question you should ask is about their experience in the industry. When it comes time for you to choose a luxury home builder, do your best to find one with several years of experience under their belt. If they have a long career building homes, it is safe to say that they have encountered, and overcome, many challenges along the way. 

In turn, these obstacles have helped the home builder learn for their future builds, giving them an upper hand against those with less experience. Because they already know how to handle these situations, they can save you precious time and keep the project on track. Having a homebuilder that already knows how to solve certain issues will help reduce any stress you may feel as the build is underway.

2. What sets you apart from other builders?

By asking what sets them apart, it helps you gauge the character and attributes of the luxury home builder. In a way, you’re also asking “Why should we choose you?” Similar to any interview, you want to get a better understanding of their strengths and differentiating factors.

How they speak about themselves and their positive qualities will help you determine if they are a good fit for you. Look for confidence and positive selling points. If they can provide examples of previous work, or testimonials from former clients, even better!

3. Can I make changes or upgrades to the original plan?

Let’s face it, once you start building your dream home you may want to make a few tweaks to the plan. Maybe it’s an upgrade that you hadn’t thought of, or a change in the material you chose a few months ago. Whatever it may be, it is nice to know ahead of time that you have the option to change your mind. 

Ask about the possible additional charges these changes may entail. By asking about the process beforehand, it can help avoid conflict down the road. Additionally, it can help you take into account possible changes when budgeting your finances, helping you stay within your means.

4. How long will it take to build my new home?

Ask the luxury home builder for an estimated timeline of the project. Be wary of those who promise a lot in a short period of time. This could be a sign of inexperience or fraud. Once you start the construction process, you can use this timeline to monitor the progress of the project and ensure they are on course for a timely completion.

Remember, unforeseen challenges often occur when building a custom home. Building a home from the ground up requires a lot of patience, and if you want a quality job, expect to wait a little longer to make sure all of the details are up to par.

5. Are you insured? 

This is a simple, straightforward question that can save you a lot of headaches in the future in case something goes wrong. Ask the luxury home builder to provide you with proof of insurance that is valid in the state they will be working in. A reputable builder will not hesitate to give you this information. 

6. Who will oversee the construction and who should I contact with questions?

Once construction is underway, ask who will be in charge of managing the project. This will be someone you will want to build a strong professional relationship with as construction begins. You can learn about the best times to visit the construction site to see the progress that is being made. Don’t forget to discuss with the project leader about anything they need from you to make the process run smoothly.

The key to building a quality custom home is having open communication between you and the builders. Create a relationship with them that focuses on positive and clear communication from day one. But remember, the process will require some trust, so do your best not to bombard them with trivial questions, as it can make it more difficult for them to do their job. 

Preferred Builders Program at The Cliffs

When you decide to build your home at The Cliffs, we make it simple to find a builder you can trust. With our Preferred Builders Program, you can confidently choose from the very best builders in the area. The builders who participate in the program have been hand-selected for their attention to detail, which matches and elevates design standards and expectations at The Cliffs. 

Each of our builders have experience building on the terrain of the Western Carolinas, so you can trust their expertise when it comes time to build your dream home, whether it be on a mountain or by the shores of a lake. Additionally, when you choose to work with one of our Preferred Builders, you have a two-year builder’s warranty, as opposed to the industry standard one-year warranty.

Building your custom home at The Cliffs starts by finding the perfect homesite. You can easily search for available homesites at any of our seven communities that fit your wishlist and budget. Then, when you’re ready, you can begin touring your favorites with the help of our Real Estate Team. Want to learn more? Contact us today by clicking the button below. 

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