Do Your Homework
Once you have a list of builders, how can you find out about their reputations and the quality of their work? The best way to learn about builders is to visit homes they have built and talk with the owners.
- Ask builders on your list for the addresses of their recently built homes and subdivisions. Builders may even be able to provide names of some home owners who would be willing to talk with you.
- Drive by on a Saturday morning when home owners may be outside doing yard work, or playing with their children. Introduce yourself and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home. Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate an impression of a builder you are likely to get. At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.
- When you talk to builders and home owners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes. Doing so will help you to make comparisons later.
- Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they’ll probably want to tell you why.
Shop For Quality and Value
Look at new homes whenever you can. Home shows and open houses sponsored by builders are good opportunities to look at homes. Model homes and houses displayed in home shows are often furnished to give you ideas for using the space. You may also ask a builder to see unfurnished homes. Also attend the HBACV Home Show and The Parade of Homes.
When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, woodwork, and paint. Ask the builder or the builder’s representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.
Why Should You Choose a Builder Association Member?
Members of the Home Building Association of Central Virginia are part of a nationwide partnership with more than 850 state and local associations whose mission is to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry and to promote policies and ethical standards which keep us at the forefront of the field. Member of the HBACV are also members of the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders. As such, our members gain important access to an array of information on the latest housing industry issues, including changes in codes, requirement updates, national and state laws and local ordinance changes; through a variety of publications, seminars and educational programs. Members also participate in trade shows that offer exclusive access to new emerging housing technologies and materials.