Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Custom Home Builder

May 29, 2015 8:03 am

The right home builder makes a world of difference. From choosing the right layout, to picking the custom upgrades that will define your home, your builder can guide you in making decisions, and help you understand all of your options. And that’s just the beginning. The right builder will communicate clearly throughout the process, and will always be available to answer your questions. Above all, though, the right home builder will deliver a beautiful home mean to last a lifetime. Before you choose a custom home builder, be sure to ask them these questions.

1. Can you tell me about your experience and expertise?

Look for a builder with a loyal following in the area. Upwards of 20 years is a good amount of time to have been constructing homes and should provide them with knowledge of the local permitting and codes required.  A review of applicable licenses and permits should be readily available upon request.

When home builders use the same crew and subcontractors, a consistent level of workmanship can be seen and expected by prospective homeowners. Home builders should not only be able to describe the homes they build but provide walk-thru videos or an opportunity to visit completed homes. A good home builder does not hesitate to show finished homes to inquiring prospects.

Custom home kitchenHomes should have consistent workmanship and allow for customizable upgrades. A home can be individualized with old-world charm or the latest trends. Home exteriors should use premium structural components for a solid foundation with minimal maintenance. Home interiors can include extra-wide moldings, fancy newel posts, entrance framings and built-ins for luxe appeal. Kitchens should have custom-crafted options and take into account special requests from those who love to cook and entertain or need additional storage. Bathrooms should be functional but optional upgrades can accommodate an in-home spa feel. Perhaps a whirlpool tub and upgraded fixtures and tiles will help slough off the stress of the day. One’s home should be a retreat and the best home builders can make that happen.

French Construction has been serving Edmond and Oklahoma City since 1988. Our crew and subcontractors are the same on all of our jobs and consistently provide high-finished details and sound construction. Homes are available for walk-throughs, and we welcome any customizations you might want.

2. Can you provide a timeline of the project?

A contractor will be able to provide:

  • Dates within a timetable: start date, major milestones and a completion date
  • A list of materials required
  • A way to communicate about changes and inform clients about progress

3. How are projects managed during construction?

A quality home builder is responsible for creating a clear and transparent way for all parties to communicate about the building process, desired changes and additional thoughts. A change may require a new pricing and a written order change and must be approved by homeowners. Make sure the methods of communication and approval changes are clearly explained.

French Construction  provides a computerized construction scheduling program that organizes all activities and eliminates delays and expensive detours.

4. What types of homes do you specialize in?

A custom home builder may specialize in the high-end market or in smaller cottages and bungalows. Their projects may be modern or traditional. A review of their portfolio can help prospective homeowners decide if the home builder will be a match. Though many will offer customized features, the related costs must fit within a client’s budget.

Get an honest description and feedback from the team at French Construction. Our expert team will guide you to the perfect choice for your family, not a one-size-fits-all option.

5. Is it possible to make a home eco-friendly, incorporating green technology?

Not all home builders are familiar with the products and services in this niche. More and more homeowners look to get the tax incentives available by using green technology. They also want a safer environment for their family and pets. Sound structural and decorating materials are available to create a healthier environment for all inside.

French Construction offers energy efficient design elements. Heavy-duty roofing, geo-thermal heating and air units, and energy efficient windows and doors are only a few of the elements routinely provided to clients. Call us today at (405) 677-4426 to talk about all of these options.