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BUILDING A HOME
Purchasing a home should begin with questions - lots of questions
to help you make the right decisions about the builder you choose and the home you buy. Asking
questions also helps you to understand the buying process and eliminates any uncertainty you
may have about it. Here are some of the common questions that home buyers ask in consumer seminars,
in calls to local Home Builders' Association offices and at builders' sales centres.
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT BUILDER?
The Canadian Home Builders' Association is a good
place to start to get the names of professional builders in your area. Also ask friends and family
for recommendations. Talk with several builders before you make your final choice. Check each
company and the quality of their homes. Visit model homes or sales offices. Compare facts and
figures about every builder. How long have you been in business? Where have you built before?
Where are you building now? Can I see one of your construction sites? Ask about builders' customer
service and third party warranty. Ask for references from past customers and follow up on them.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD MY HOME?
Usually it takes between 8 and 16 months
to construct a new home, depending on size, design, the season, permits and a number of other
factors. In larger developments, construction of your home may not begin until a certain percentage
of the homes have been pre-sold, to ensure an efficient and cost-effective construction process.
Your builder will provide you with a detailed schedule so you'll know exactly what to expect
CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO THE DESIGN?
Today, customizing is the norm, not the exception.
Often, your chosen plan can be modified, before the foundation is built, to suit your own needs
and desires - for example, moving walls, expanding closets, adding windows. However, each builder
has a different approach, so ask about flexibility and limitations in the design.
CAN I VISIT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE TO WATCH THE PROGRESS OF MY HOME?
home take shape can be an exciting aspect of buying a new home. Ask your builder about the company's
policy on site visits and what arrangements are required. Keep in mind that for safety reasons,
you should not enter the construction site for an unscheduled visit.
WHAT IF THERE IS A DELAY IN FINISHING THE HOME?
Both you and the builder
want to see your home completed on time, and in the vast majority of cases your home will be
ready to move into as scheduled. Very rarely, delays do happen as a result of the unforeseeable
- most often, sudden shortages of material or labour. Ask your builder to explain in detail what
you can expect in case of delay - notification requirements and so on - and make sure that it
is covered in the agreement of Purchase and Sale.
Professional home builders welcome your questions. They know a well-informed
customer is most often a satisfied customer - the greater your confidence in them, the more satisfying
the process for both of you.
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