Are You Choosing A Kansas City Home Builder? Ask These Questions!

Are you looking for a Kansas City home builder and wondering what kind of questions to ask before you hire them? Building a new construction home is a huge investment and can be a very daunting process. You will want to make sure that you are choosing the right team to get the job done correctly and efficiently!

Many factors should contribute to this very important decision! You can start by narrowing your decision down to price range, size, and style. Once you have those three bases covered, there will be several questions that you will want to think about asking before moving forward with a home builder.

Is this your first time stopping by our Hearthside Homes blog? Welcome! We are so happy to have you here with us. We are a semi-custom home builder based in Liberty, MO, and we build in Liberty, Kansas City, Parkville, and Kearney areas. Our homes range from $300k-$700k, and we have over 30 years of home building experience under our belt! You can click here to check out our current listings, and here to learn more about our communities. 

Let’s get into the necessary questions that you should ask before choosing the perfect Kansas City home builder! 

1). Are they licensed and insured?

This goes without saying, but you will want to make sure that the home builder is licensed and insured. You will want the person to know what they are doing when they’re building your dream home! Don’t hesitate to ask for proof that this company is indeed qualified.

2). How many years have they been in business and how many homes have they built during that time?

You will want to ask how long the home builder has been in business and how many homes they have built over the years. Are they newer or have they been around for a while? This will help you determine how experienced they are, and you can decide how comfortable you are with how long they have been building homes.

Psst… Hearthside Homes has been in business since 1987! Since then we’ve built nearly 2,000 homes. It’s safe to say we know a thing or two about the business! 

3). What kind of home warranty do they offer?

One of the perks of building a home from the ground up is that you will not have to worry about repairs for a while. Everything should be brand new, functioning properly, and most likely under warranty. You do not want to assume what kind of warranty is offered, so be sure to ask so there is no miscommunication! 

At Hearthside Homes, all of our clients get a 1-year warranty on their new house. We’re confident in our work, and we want you to rest assured that you’re making a great investment! 

4). What are the standard features in their homes?

You will definitely want to view some sample floor plans and make sure that you go over the standard features of the home builders’ homes. You will also want to ask them what details that you will need to figure out on your end, such as cabinetry, flooring, doors, faucets, etc.

5). Who will be overseeing the construction of the home?

You will want to figure out exactly who will be overseeing the entire construction process. You will want to ask how they plan to communicate with you, and how often you can expect to receive construction updates along the way. Communication is key throughout this journey!

Better yet, does the builder have an online client portal? We do! With this technology, we’re able to communicate with all of our clients on a frequent basis. You’ll love receiving frequent photos from the job site and scheduling updates. We pride ourselves on our efficient home-building process and our transparency. 

6). What is their process for inspections throughout construction?

You will want to know what the home inspection process is like. What happens if any issues arise? A good home builder should be willing to answer all of your questions! If you would like to learn more about the home building process at Hearthside Homes, click here! 

7). How long will it take to build the home?

Building a new construction home can turn into a very lengthy process, so you will want to ask the builder right off the bat how long the completion of your home is expected to take. Discuss a timeline with the potential builder and be upfront about what the estimated schedule will be to avoid any confusion! 

At Hearthside Homes, once we break ground on your home it could take as little as six months to complete! Seriously! 

8). How and when will the final cost of the home be determined?

Be sure to talk about your allotted budget with the home builder right away, and make sure you are both on the same page in regards to cost. You will not want any surprise costs to come up throughout the process that you weren’t aware of beforehand! Make sure it is all laid out on the table initially.

The clients at Heartside Homes will have easy access to their online client portal where they can approve change orders for any upgrades they make throughout the process. Otherwise, the amount we agree upon at the start of the project is the amount you pay. Period!

9). Do they have any model homes that you can tour? 

Ask the home builder if they have any model homes that you can tour, or if you can walk through one of their customer’s homes. This will help you visualize design features for your new home, and allow you to evaluate the home builder’s work! Pictures are nice, but seeing the craftsmanship in person will give you better insight. 

10). Can they provide you with references and testimonials from previous homebuyers?

References, references, references! You will want to see a list of references, testimonials, and google reviews from previous homebuyers. You will want to triple-check that this home builder has rave reviews from previous clients so you can feel comfortable choosing them as your home builder!

Click here to check out the testimonial videos from clients who built with Hearthside Homes! 

Build Your New Construction Dream Home With Hearthside Homes!

We hope you enjoyed our list of 10 questions you should ask before hiring a home builder! If you are looking for a qualified Kansas City home builder…look no further!

Here at Hearthside Homes, we always put our clients first! We check all of the above boxes, and we are ready to get started on your new construction home. We build in several communities in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Click here to learn more about our communities.

Once you choose the community that you want to live in, you can choose from one of our many floor plans. Click here to check out our 2 story, 1.5 story, reverse, and ranch-style floor plans. We have many options for all different family sizes!

After you choose the perfect floor plan for you, you can head over to our Design Center to pick out the details for your home! The details that can be found here include various material displays, including cabinetry, doors, flooring, faucets, and much more. Click here to learn more about our Design Center that can be found at 1915 Industrial Dr #300, Liberty, MO 64068. 

More About Hearthside Homes

Carleda says: “Hearthside Homes were professional and easy to work with. Especially while building my home during the pandemic, I found their process to be just what I needed. They provided several choices of Interior style and products. Or I could have picked outside those choices with a bit more effort. I am pleased with the results, and getting settled in my new home.”

If you have any questions at all about our home building process or want to get going on your new construction home, feel free to fill out the form on our website or give us a call at (816) 781-0234Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and last but not least Pinterest! Here you can check out what we are up to and view all of our new builds. Start building now with Hearthside Homes, your reliable Kansas City home builder!