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The 6 main criteria for choosing a new home builder

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Because of the housing shortage, more than a third of all homes built in Canada are new constructions. If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’ve probably considered building a new home rather than buying an existing one. But how do you choose the right new home builder from among all the builders in your area?

Selecting the right new home builder is the most critical part of the home building process. Here are the main criteria to validate in your search.


1. The new home builder’s experience

Building a new custom home is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make, and experience is essential when selecting your home builder.

You’ll want to work with a company that has a proven track record for the type of new home you’re looking for, whether it’s a intergenerational home or single-family home, including the options and features you need, and an established process to guide you through your building project.


2. The reputation of the new home builder in Gatineau – Ottawa

Word-of-mouth will always be the best recommendation you can get, which could be a great place to start if you know someone who has had an excellent experience with a general building contractor. But if you don’t know anyone in the area, a quick online search can sometimes tell you all you need to know about a construction company.

Your prospective homebuilder’s reputation in the community, with subcontractors and real estate agents can indicate whether you should take the next step. Visiting the contractor’s Facebook and Instagram page is an easy way to start looking for the best new home builder. After a bit of research, you should have a good idea of the builders you’d like to meet.


3. Options offered by the builder for home models, options and customization

You probably have a specific type of home in mind that you’d like to have built. Once you’ve started your search, you realize that most home builders offer similar styles. So how do you choose a new home that will be the fruit of your vision when you make your final selection?

While homebuilders may have similar design styles in their portfolios, floor plans, options and customization can vary from one homebuilder to another. You need to make sure that the general contractor you’re considering for your project offers the services you need. If you find a builder you’d like to work with, but the plan doesn’t perfectly suit your lifestyle, ask if modifications are possible and to what extent.


For even more information on choosing your construction contractor, consult our article: Complete guide to choosing your new construction contractor


Another thing to pay particular attention to is the standard options for fixtures and finishes. Many homebuilders only work within defined “packages”, which can limit your ability to personalize your home to your tastes and preferences. Or, if you want to upgrade your design, it can add thousands of dollars to the price of your new home.

One of the easiest ways to get a clear idea of construction standards is to visit a model home or ask to visit one of the company’s customers. Visits allow you to meet the contractor and see for yourself the quality and expertise of the builder’s team.


4. Reputation of the new home contractor’s partners and subcontractors

Before choosing a new home builder, check out the suppliers who will contribute to your project. You’ll want to make sure their suppliers and subcontractors use quality materials and offer superior service. Working with reputable suppliers guarantees that your new home will be of the highest quality, and that the materials used in construction will protect your home throughout its lifetime and promote optimum resale value.


5. Warranties offered by the new home contractor

What type of warranty does your new home builder offer? Most manufacturers offer the GCR warranty, but do they also back the products they recommend with additional warranties?

In addition to offering the peace-of-mind GCR warranty, Harmonie Construction supports its owners after delivery to ensure total satisfaction.


the new home builder team communication style must be compatible with your needs


6. Process and communication style of the homebuilder you choose

When you’re building your new home, you need to be involved in every aspect of the construction process, from project planning and design to the very end of the project. Make sure the building contractor you choose has the right team and tools to keep you informed at every stage of construction, as well as a state-of-the-art project management system.

Meeting potential new home builders will give you an idea of their communications and whether the “Fit” seems positive. It will also give you an idea of what to expect during the construction process, and who your points of contact will be.

As a new home buyer, an effective communication process will make it easier to work with your contractor and give you peace of mind.


Choosing a new home builder in the Gatineau and Ottawa region for your project

Harmonie Construction is a builder offering first-rate new home models in Gatineau – Ottawa. As a local construction company, it has a young history of excellence in service and craftsmanship. Find out more about Harmonie Construction here or contact our team of to visit one of our projects.