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Our Top 3 Questions to Ask When Building Your Custom Home

When you’re ready to build your dream home, shop around. It’s important you find a builder with whom you feel comfortable with and can trust. Start by meeting with different builders and asking them all your questions. At Silverado, we love your questions! That’s why every aspect of our process is transparent and clear. To prepare you for the consultations in your builder search, here are the top three questions we recommend you ask.

1. When Will My House Be Done?

There’s a misconception in the construction industry that timelines aren’t real, and you shouldn’t trust the finish line given. For reputable, experienced companies, this isn’t the case. Your builder should be able to give you an accurate estimate of when the house will be complete. If they’re organized and efficient, providing a timeline isn’t a problem. However, you should also be wary of estimates that seem too good to be true. An entire custom home built in two months? Not likely.

2. How Will You Ensure You Stay on Budget?

There’s a misconception in the construction industry that timelines aren’t real, and you shouldn’t trust the finish line given. For reputable, experienced companies, this isn’t the case. Your builder should be able to give you an accurate estimate of when the house will be complete. If they’re organized and efficient, providing a timeline isn’t a problem. However, you should also be wary of estimates that seem too good to be true. An entire custom home built in two months? Not likely.

3. How Energy-Efficient Will My Home Be?

This question is getting more important as home buyers care more about the planet. The best way to ensure your home is energy efficient is to work with a company that’s passionate about the environment, too. At Silverado, we go above and beyond by using green building materials and processes. We’re EnergyStar qualified, use sustainable Amvec building systems, and have a GreenHouse Certified Construction certificate. Ask your potential builder about the ways they ensure your home is eco-friendly. 

Bonus Questions You Should Ask the Builder

Ask away! Any builder you approach should be happy to answer all your questions. If they seem irritated by your questions or take weeks to respond, those are red flags. Here are some extra questions you can also consider asking:

  • What is and isn’t included in the cost?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • What kind of warranty do you provide?
  • Who will be my main point of contact?
  • What happens if I change my mind on a design mid-project?

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