Questions
To Ask

24 Questions To Ask
Your Builder:

As you interview builders, here are some questions to ask to help you choose the best builder for your project.
  • Are you licensed and insured in the state I am building in?

  • My budget is _____________. Can my project be built for that amount?

  • How can you be sure my budget will or won’t work?

  • Do you have a model I can walk through?

  • Can I choose any or all of my subcontractors?

  • What kind of warranty do you offer and what IS and IS NOT covered?

  • How do you handle change orders?

  • I will need to see all invoices immediately. Is that a problem?

  • If there are increases in materials or labor costs will you let me know immediately, including the amount of the increase?

  • How many homes do you currently have under construction, and how are you going to be able to closely monitor the construction of my home?

  • During construction, how often should I expect updates and contact from you?

  • How quickly will you return my phone calls or emails?

  • If there is a problem with one of the subcontractors that you hired, how will this problem be resolved, i.e. my cabinets have a problem after I move in and the doors don’t align well or the finish is flawed. What will happen if there is no response from the cabinet-maker or he has gone out of business? How will this be handled?

  • If there is a problem with one of the subcontractors that you hired, how will this problem be resolved, i.e. my cabinets have a problem after I move in and the doors don’t align well or the finish is flawed. What will happen if there is no response from the cabinet-maker or he has gone out of business? How will this be handled?

  • I plan to be on the construction site often. Is this a problem for you?

  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

  • What is your payment policy?

  • What kind of warranty do you offer and how does the process work?

  • After looking at my plan, what is your estimated time for completion?

  • Who are 3 references you have built for in the past 3-5 years that I can talk to?

  • Do you finance the construction or do I need to secure a construction loan?

  • When do I need to have decisions made about cabinets, paint colors, flooring, etc?

  • Have you ever owned a construction company under a different name? Why?

  • What would your past clients say your strengths and weaknesses in building are?

Download


27 Questions To Ask
Your Architect:

As you interview architects and home designers, here are some questions to ask to help you choose the best person for your project.
  • What is your process?

  • How long have you been in business?

  • How many plans have you designed?

  • How does your fee structure work?

  • Do you charge for changes?

  • I will need to see all invoices immediately. Is that a problem?

  • What separates you from other firms?

  • How often would you visit our job site? Are site visits included in your fees?

  • What is and isn’t included in your fee?

  • What does your plan set look like?

  • How often do you create new plans?

  • What software do you use?

  • How quickly can our house plans be created?

  • Have you personally ever built a home?

  • Have you built any other significant structures?

  • What was the last thing you have built?

  • Do you recommend any non-traditional materials or products?

  • Who was your favorite client? Why?

  • Who is your least favorite client? Why?

  • How would you describe “value engineering”?

  • How do you specifically incorporate “value engineering” into your plan designs?

  • My budget is _______________. Can my project be built for that amount?

  • How can you be sure my budget will or won’t work?

  • How quickly will you return my phone calls or emails?

  • Will you work with my builder and interior designer to make sure my home will be built exactly as I designed it? What if I make changes along the way?

  • Who are 3 references you have designed for in the past 3-5 years that I can talk to?

  • What would your past clients say your strengths and weaknesses in building are?

Download

13 Questions To Ask
Before Your Remodel:

As you prepare to remodel, here are some questions to ask yourself before you start.
  • Why am I doing this?

  • What is my budget?

  • Am I overbuilding for my neighborhood?

  • Am I going up, going out, or staying under the existing roof?

  • Have I thought about giving my home a face lift?

  • What year was my home built?

  • Am I going to spend more on the remodel (or within 30%) of what it would cost to build new?

  • Have I run comparable home costs for my neighborhood?

  • How long am I going to live here?

  • How do I find a reliable contractor?

  • What are the current costs to remodel?

  • Can I move and get a better value?

  • Have I thought about tearing down, and rebuilding a new home on this property?

Download