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Builder Interview Questions
What Should You Know Before You Select Your Builder?
There is a process for building your homebuilding team. The following interview questions were developed by a Homeowner who was kind enough to share them with us. The information you may gain from this list could make the difference between a successful building experience and one that is not. Call or email if you would like to know our answers. We wish you the best as you select your team.
- How is your company structured?
- How long have you been in business in this area under the current company name?
- What type of license do you maintain? Residential Builder? Or, General Contractor?
- How many homes are under construction today? The prospective builder should supply the addresses to all his homes under construction.
- What service is provided for selections?
- How many Project Managers does your company employ?
- How many homes has your company built?
- How do you describe your relationship with and approach to trades and sub-contractors? The prospective builder should supply major supplier and sub-contractor contacts.
- How are you continuing your education as a contractor?
- What is your process for communicating with your clients?
- Do you provide a schedule that states when tasks are to be accomplished and the completion date for each task?
- What kind of warranty do you offer?
- What do you recommend for maintenance after move-in?
Buffington Homes commits its resources upfront during the design and construction planning phases. We have found that the most successful projects utilize the expertise of the combined team (Architect, Builder, and Interior Designer) during the development of the plans. This process allows for creative solutions and “what if” scenarios with design and construction perspectives. We provide pricing information as we work toward the Homeowner’s investment goals. This method efficiently completes plans quickly, on budget, and minimizes changes.
As the design moves forward, we look at the building details with our trade partners. All engineering disciplines such as the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing subcontractors will drill down on the key elements. Whether we look at equipment locations, value engineering, or future expansion options, all bases are covered. We provide pricing information as we work toward our homeowner’s investment goals. This method is an efficient process for completing plans quickly, on budget, with changes minimized. We accomplish our ultimate goal, saving time and unnecessary cost while delivering the highest quality home. Perhaps one of the best benefits of building this way is it is fun working together!
Homeowner Selections Service
Often windows and doors are worked out with your Architect. Many other choices are made, optionally, with an interior designer.
As your Selections Coordinator, Cathy works in concert with you and your design team at the various showrooms as you choose the items needed to personalize your new home. She understands your timeframe and recommends suppliers who deliver on their promises.
Together, the team has all of the information you will require to make the right decisions. Cathy will organize the details of your selections on our web portal, which creates a picture of your home’s design as it evolves. The product specs used on future shopping trips bring continuity to the process and save time. We’ll use iPhones and iPads to check prior decisions as we move along. At the office or jobsite, she answers questions the construction managers may have about your products.
Web-based Client Access and a Weekly Report
Buffington Homes provides a web-based program for the Homeowner, his Architect, Interior Designer, and other team members to work off the same page for team synchronization. The project information is accessible 24 hours a day via your internet connection.
The system allows collaboration from plans and quotes to the future budget. We continue documenting product specifications, your Yearly Inspections, and Maintenace from the start through the lifecycle of your home.
This program gives access to the segments of information that each team member requires to do their best job.
On Friday, your Project Manager sends a Weekly Progress Report. The report consists of photos showing the work accomplished that week, details about the schedule, and any questions that have come up. This document also provides the plan for the next week.
Our method of communication puts you virtually on your construction site every day. It allows clients to participate in and have a working knowledge of every part of their project. Thousands of photos are posted showing the Homeowner precisely what their home looks like at each stage of the process. It’s our way of keeping everyone connected before, during, and after move-in.
Our simple online system allows access to your homebuilding project or home improvement project from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
How do we communicate to keep you informed as necessary and resolve issues promptly? Naturally, we are all available by cell phone, text, email, or video conference. Most of our homeowners live remotely in U. S. cities or out of the country. Your Project Manager sends a Weekly Report every Friday to report the current week’s progress. Photos are attached to show the work performed during the week. The report also provides a schedule for the next week’s accomplishments
This is our way to put you “virtually on” your construction site every day. It allows clients to participate in and have a working knowledge of every part of their project.
Thousands of photos are posted on the web portal showing the homeowner exactly what their home looks like at each stage of the process. It’s our way of keeping everyone connected before, during, and after move-in. We email it to you, your Architect, Interior Designer, and anyone else you would like to include.
Buffington Homes provides a web-based program for the Homeowner, his Architect, Interior Designer as well as other team members to work off the same page for team synchronization. All of the project information is accessible 24 hours a day. The system allows collaboration from plans, quotes, and the Construction Estimate. We continue by documenting selections and after move-in the Yearly Service Records and Inspections.
This program gives access to the information each team member requires to do his best job. Its iPhone access is also heavily relied upon by homeowners and designers as they are shopping for selections.