Planning a New Home/FAQs
How Do I Select a Builder?
A good builder is one who is skilled, experienced and financially
stable. It is wise to buy from a builder that is registered
with the New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan. All Registered
Builders have satisfied the Program's registration criteria
in the area of technical expertise, track record, and financial stability.
Another good place to begin is with word-of-mouth references. Check
with friends who are satisfied with their builders. As well,
make sure to view builder's "portfolios", - the
display homes that are found in every new subdivision. Seeing
what is new on the market helps you view a home and its builder
critically, without being dazzled by the interior decorator's fine touch.
You can check with the Better Business Bureau to determine if there
are any complaints on file for any of the builders you are
considering. You can also contact your local Home Builder's
Association to determine if the builder is a member in good
standing. Your Mortgage Lender may be prepared to run a credit
check on your short list of builders as well.
When you have narrowed down the field to two or three builders
whose work you like, ask for quotes on the project. Construction
is a competitive business and reputable builders will quote
similar prices. If one builder's quote is quite a bit lower
than the others, make sure they are quoting from the same
specifications before you congratulate yourself on finding
Once you have settled on a builder, you should take the time to
determine exactly what will be included in the purchase price
such as the quality of the kitchen cupboards, carpeting, fixtures,
etc. You should make sure that all items agreed to are noted
in your Building Contract in order to avoid misunderstanding
later on. Make sure your interests are protected and review
the Building Contract before you sign. Negotiate a realistic
closing date for the purchase.
Like most good relationships, the relationship between you and
your builder (or builder representative) should be based on
open honest sharing of ideas and interests- with a healthy
respect for each other's viewpoints. Over the course of several
months, both you and your builder representative will be actively
involved in your home's construction so it's appropriate to
clearly express your needs, wants and expectations early on.