A new home
is one of the biggest and most important purchases to make in your
lifetime. Its important to make sure that you choose the right builder
to make this purchase a success. Below are few tips on how to choose
the correct builder. We're sure you will come to the conclusion
that Doorn Builders is the right choice for you. If you would like
to talk with a representative of Doorn Builders about the criteria
below please feel free to contact us.
Once you have a list of builders, the best way to learn about the
quality of their work is to visit homes they have built and talk
with the owners.
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. Some questions you can ask include: Are you happy with your
home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly?
Would you buy another home from this builder? At the very least,
drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.
View new homes through home shows and open houses sponsored by builders.
Model homes displayed in home shows are often furnished to give
you ideas for using space. You may also ask a builder to see unfurnished
When examining a new home, inspect the quality of the cabinetry,
carpeting, trimwork, and paint. Get as many specifics as possible
from the builder or representative. If you receive answers verbally
rather than in writing, take notes.
Always keep value in mind when shopping. Just because a home is
less expensive than another does not mean it is a better value.
Likewise, a more expensive home does not automatically assure high
Another important aspect of value is design quality. When you look
at a home, determine whether it will suit your lifestyle. Is there
enough living space? Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms? What
about storage space? Will you have room to accommodate special interests
or hobbies-for example, a large kitchen if you enjoy cooking or
a room for exercise or a home office? Think about the amount of
upkeep required both indoors and out. Consider also the location
of the property. Is it convenient to transportation, shopping, schools
or other places of interest to you?
One important criterion for selecting a builder is the warranty
provided on the home. Most builders offer some form of written warranty.
Many builders back their own warranties on workmanship and materials,
typically for one year. Other builders offer warranties backed by
an insurance company. Ask to see a copy, and read the builder’s
warranty to understand what protection you will have. Don’t
wait to read it until after you move in and a problem arises. If
you have any questions about coverage, ask the builder.