Questions to Ask Your New Home Builder.



Custom” lies on a spectrum, ranging from cosmetic touch-ups to full-on, 100% customization where the customer picks every single detail in the home. Most homebuyers want something in the middle.

However, the biggest customization gap among home builders is whether they let you make changes to the home’s architecture, such as expanding a room, adding an extra bedroom, changing the roofline, adding a deck, and more. In fact, some home builders say they are custom but only allow cosmetic changes such as countertops, cabinet finishes, and other small design details. They don’t allow you to adapt their preset blueprints in any shape, form or fashion.

True custom home builders allow you to expand upon the design — even after construction has started. You can add that fifth bedroom, add more square feet to the kitchen, enlarge the patio area, and more. Thus, we don’t want to tell you which home builder type is right for your needs, but getting a clear answer to a question about customization will clarify if a builder can actually create the home you want.



How long does it take to build a home?

There are several variables affecting the construction timeline when building a new home… weather, material and labor availability, customer changes, geography, etc. In most instances, however, our curated

custom homes take an average of eight to ten months to build and our custom homes are in the ten to fourteen-month range.



What is Value Engineering?

Value engineering means continuously looking for ways to lower overall project costs while keeping the features our H&I clients really want. An experienced and professional builder, such as H&I who knows how to value engineer may suggest changing the floor plans and elevations, or using different materials in specific areas. It's one of the main reasons why you should choose a builder before starting the design process and have them involved from the very beginning of plan design.



In what areas do you build?

Please visit our Builds page for more information.



What is your price per square foot?

We very well might ask YOU the same question. There are hundreds of variables at play affecting cost when designing and building a new home. Because of this, we don't have a set price per square foot that we charge. Instead, we work closely with you from the start to determined how to get the most out of your budget.

Our highly-skilled and trained team members are taking a value-engineering approach from the onset of the design phase. At any budget level, this approach ensures you are getting the most important features in your new home all while respecting your stated budget goals.



If I find a property I like, what can i do to add value?

If you already found a property, ask your builder if they can inspect the land or if you need to hire an independent expert to assess the property’s capabilities. Other questions you and the builder can discuss include:

  • What is the lot’s size?

  • Are the utilities installed? If yes, does the plumbing need replacing?

  • Will the builder need to demolish an existing home?

  • Are there zoning issues?

  • What’s the soil quality like?

  • Is the property at an incline?

  • Does the neighborhood have a certain home style? If yes, do I have to build in that style?

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