Questions to ask a builder

Building a home can be an exciting but stressful undertaking. That is why it is important to choose a builder you can trust to guide you through the process. Here are a few suggestions of questions to ask when choosing a builder:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • In what areas have you built?
  • What sets you apart from other builders?
  • What type of warranty program do you offer?
  • What are your fees for building a home (fixed price, cost plus, management fee)?
  • How do you charge for extras?
  • Who supervises your construction?
  • How long have your trade people been working with you?
  • How often during the week is the builder out at the job site?
  • Who will I be dealing with during construction?
  • Will that person have the authority to make final decisions?
  • How many hours per year do you and your supervising staff participate in continuing education within the home building industry?
  • Do you belong to the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis?
  • Can you provide a list of references, including homeowners, suppliers, subcontractors, and consultants such as architects and engineers?


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