The Anatomy of a Passive House

1. Define your needs

Building a home is a major investment and should be handled with a clear plan.  Before choosing a builder, it is important to determine your budget.  Compare your wants versus needs and leave room for contingencies.

Make the investment to hire a reputable architect and civil engineer if needed and get a thorough set of plans completed.

2. Determine the list of prospective Home Builders

An easy place to start searching for a home builder is online. There are organizations that can provide a list of builders in your area such as, the National Association of Home Builders, your local home builders association, the Better Business Bureau, and Houzz.

Another good option is to simply ask for referrals from friends, family and local suppliers.

3. Questions for your potential Home Builder

Now that you have your list of local builders, you will need to decide which is the best match for you.  An interview or meeting with them is the best place to start.  Below are some questions that can help with that meeting.

  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many employees do you have?
  • Will someone help me understand all steps in the building process?
  • Can you describe your style of home building?
  • Do you use the same subcontractors for every job?
  • Will I have a main point of contact?
  • Do you have any other homes you’ve built that I can visit?
  • Do you have any interior or landscape design options?
  • Will I be required to put down a deposit and how much?
  • What is your warranty and service process?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Will you prepare a detailed estimate and construction schedule?
  • What type of construction contract will you provide?

Choosing your home builder shouldn’t be the most stressful part of the process.  Hopefully with these tips and suggestions, hiring your next builder is the easiest part.

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