If one is planning to build a new house. What are some questions to ask a new home builder?

Asked by Trulia New York, New York Tue Apr 9, 2013

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Daniela Gaud…, Agent, New York, NY
Tue Apr 9, 2013
If a friend or relative performs part of the work, treat them in exactly the same manner -- have a contract, demand adherence to your schedule, etc.

Don't let a gift or a good price disrupt the project overall.
Questions to Ask

What is a good design for our needs?

What is a building code? Does it effect us? How does it work? What doesn't it do?

Who is responsible, overall, for my building project?

What are good sizes and proportions for rooms? What style do I want?

What am I really getting from the builder?

What problems do I have in my current house that I don't want to repeat?

Where can I find answers and help? How do I make my desires known?

What does that line on the drawing mean?

What is a dispute; a lien?

What are specifications? Does the builder write and provide them?

What if my builder does something in a way I don't like? Is the house going to be complete; will something be left out?

When will the house be finished?

What is a contract? How do I play a part in it? What does it say?

What is "an extra"?

Is that a good material, I've never heard of it?

Can I change things?

Who picks the color of the paint, wall coverings, etc.?

Is landscaping included? Sod? Seed? mud and rocks? Slopes? Are landscape features guaranteed?

What if I disagree with the builder? Can I stop the work?
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Yul Park, Agent, New York, NY
Tue Apr 9, 2013

I have a referral who is an accomplished developer / contractor who can answer any questions you may have with the building process. He is fully licensed, insured, and has a portfolio that shows a wide range of projects. Please tell him Yul referred you.

Dave Nahm
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