Your home is the biggest and most important purchase of your life. It’s where you and your family will create memories for years to come, where you’ll entertain guests, and where you kick your feet up to relax after a long day.
Whether it’s a quick possession home in Cochrane or a new build in Calgary, home is where the heart is. Working directly with a home builder can help smooth out the complex buying process and have you in your brand new, beautiful home sooner.
To help you make the first step towards finding your dream home, we’ve created a guideline below on finding the right builder.
1. Take a look at which communities they build in
Is there a particular community you want to live in? Do you want to be right in the city of Calgary, or are you looking to purchase in the surrounding areas, such as Chestermere or Cochrane? The first step in narrowing down your search for a builder is to inquire about the specific communities they build in and what options they have available. Visit the communities and take a drive through the area to get a feel of the location. This step helps buyers envision themselves living in the community and become familiar with the surrounding amenities.
2. Browse through the builder’s home plans
No two builders are the same. Each offers different designs and aesthetics, and it’s all about finding the one that matches your taste, a design that stands out to you, or a layout that would make the most sense for you and your family. What you want to look for is a focus on quality and a variety of home plans to choose from. If you’re unsure about the style you like, browse through home inspiration pictures and save the ones that really stand out to you. You’ll find similarities from the collection of pictures you gather and you’ll get a good idea of the type of home you’ll enjoy living in.
3. Check out their awards
Home builder awards are a great way to look at what the company excels in and are recognized for. Builders must adhere to a certain set of design standards and quality to even be considered a candidate for a home builder award. Be sure to check out the official Canada Home Builders’ Association website to browse through the list of award-winning home builders across the country.
Fun fact: Douglas Homes has been recognized for the best entry-level home affordability award on a national level!
4. Read through their warranty information
Last but certainly not least, a quality home builder has their warranty information on their website ready for a potential buyer to read through. A warranty on labour and materials and structural coverage, for example, gives you peace of mind that the builder is confident about the quality of their build and that your costs are covered should any issues arise.
We wish you luck in finding the right builder for you and finding the beautiful home you can enjoy, relax, and make memories in!