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?

  • Will you work with my house plan designer or Architect and interior designer to make sure my home will be built exactly as it was designed or to make changes along the way?

  • 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?

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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?

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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?

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