Builder Interview Questions

What Should You Know Before You Select Your Builder?

"The following interview was developed by a homeowner and shared with Buffington Homes. Whether or not our company and your requirements are a mutual fit, the information you may obtain from this list could make the difference between a successful building experience and one that is not. Please call or email if you are interested in our answers. We wish you the best as you select your homebuilding team."  Dan Buffington


The Company

1. How is your company structured? (Corporation, LLC, partnership, etc.)
2. How long have you been in business in this area under the current company name?
3. What category builder's license do you have?  The choice here would be a residential builder's or a general contractor's license.
4. If the builder is a general contractor, ask which level.  The levels range from 1 to 5.  The number refers to the maximum contract dollar value the builder is qualified to build.    A Level 5 is unlimited as to contract value. whereas, Level 1 has a very low maximum value. 
5. Have you built other homes with our architect?
6. Are you active members of any professional organizations? Which ones?
7. Have you won awards for your work? List.

Living Room

During Construction

1. What type of construction contracts do you offer and recommend?   What are the differences? 
2. Are you willing to give a fixed price for your construction?
3. Will a project manager/superintendent manage my job daily?
4. How many homes does he/she manage at one time?
5. What is his/her experience?
6. What are the methods you use to communicate with your clients?  Provide samples of the process.
7. Do you give a project schedule with milestones?  Provide a sample.  
8. How long have you worked with your suppliers and tradesmen?  Supply references.

After Construction

1. What kind of warranty do you offer?
2. How do you perform or manage your warranty work?
3. What do you recommend relative to maintenance after move in?

Finally

1. What do you feel sets your company apart from other builders and why?