(Closed) Going to meet with Builder, need ?s to ask!

posted 10 years ago in Home
Post # 3
683 posts
Busy bee

Do you want a sustainable house? Do they use sustainable, non-toxic materials such as cotton insulation?  Building codes? Permit costs? Zoning restrictions? How long will it take for the foundation to set?

Maybe this site can help?

Good luck, I’m sure they’ll walk you through it!

Post # 4
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Me and FH were going to build, but ended up buying a completed builder “example home” that was exactly what we wanted, so here is a partial list of what we asked:

What features does the building price include?

Do you get a deck, poured driveway, heated garage, air conditioning?

What type of furnace, air conditioner, and water heater is standard, and cost to upgrade?

Are appliances included?

What is the included flooring, cabinetry, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, what types of windows, doors and what are the costs to upgrade if you want to?

What costs are incurred to move walls or change rooms. Are taxes included in the purchase price, what warranties are included? What costs are incurred to add electrical outlets, gas lines (ie to range and deck for barbeque)?

Do all contractors have their trade tickets (because if they do not have tickets the quality of the work might suffer)?

What is the process for touring the build, how often do you get updates on completion times? If there a dedicated site foreman to each build?

Also: does the community have architectural controls, what are they, what are the penalties, who is responsible for the fencing (in my community each homeowner is responsible for fencing the north an east sides of the yard). What are nearby development plans (ie school shopping centers, etc) what is slated for empty lots near your house (we passed on a lot because n front was slated for a condo building and that can be parking hell – and opted to live on a single home onky street)

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