Scheffers Construction Co., Inc.
A Checklist for Selecting a Builder
Do Your Homework
Shop for Quality and Value
Some Other Questions
Selecting the right builder is essential for the success of your building project, regardless of the size of the project. The builder you choose will be an integral part of your life for the duration of the project. While there are undoubtedly some large building companies that provide quality service, we believe that working with a small builder, like Scheffers Construction, gives you a level of personalized service that may be difficult to come by in larger builders. When Scheffers Construction is your builder, you have a builder who:
When you work with Scheffers Construction, Jack or Tom will personally oversee and work on your project. With comfortable, easy communication, our hands-on approach ensures the highest level of customer service by a skilled, honest, licensed, and insured builder. With the majority of our business coming from referrals and repeat customers, your satisfaction is paramount to our success.
Drive by on a Saturday morning when home owners may be outside doing chores or errands. 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. Some questions you can ask people 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?
Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they'll probably want to tell you why.Look at new homes whenever you can. Home shows and open houses sponsored by builders are good opportunities to look at homes. When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trimwork, 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.
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 higher quality. Another important aspect of value is design quality. When you look at a home, determine whether will it 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 a home office or exercise room? 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?