You have a vision.
Some parts are rich in detail; the sparkling lakeside views, the granite countertops and smooth driveway. Other parts are perhaps a bit fuzzy, like the ideal neighborhood, the living room layout. Specific or not, everything comes together in your mind, where the dream of owning a custom built home in the Okanagan urges you to take action.
Now it’s time to make it happen. Who will you trust to help bring your vision to life?
Choosing the right home builder for your project can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time building a custom home. Although Kelowna boasts a myriad of experienced house building firms, this is not a one-size-fits-all service. It’s important to explore your options and ask lots of questions to find the best fit for your unique needs.
Use our checklist below to improve your search for the right Kelowna custom home builder. With these qualities in mind, you will be prepared to choose a firm that delivers on your vision.
Jazel’s Checklist For Choosing Your Kelowna Custom Home Builder
- Check for experience
This goes beyond the number of years the prospective firm boasts of being in business (though, that’s important, too!) We’re talking about the professional background and training certifications of each member of the firm’s team. Can you track their passion for the craft?
Click here to learn more about the Jazel Home team’s credentials across home construction specializations. We’ve been in business since 1988, but our experience in the field goes back even further!
- Check for CHBA membership and home warranty registration
Being a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association is indicative of a firm’s dedication to upholding a customer-focused Code of Ethics. You also want to ensure your custom home builder takes full responsibility for the quality of your home by offering a home warranty.
Jazel Homes is registered as a 10-year new home warranted builder. Click here to learn more about our commitment to customer satisfaction.
- Check for happy customers!
Quality firms can proudly provide testimonials from satisfied customers. Are your prospective firms easy to work with, meet budget expectations, and able provide valuable advice throughout the journey?
- Check for location
Explore the areas around Kelowna where your prospective firms have built homes. With so much geographic diversity in the Okanagan, many builders have developed niches specific to regional tastes. Ensure the firm you choose has the knowledge and experience to build in the area you desire.
From the mountains to the lake, there is a place for everyone in the Okanagan.
- Check for change orders
Inquire about how your prospective firms handle change orders. Change orders should be done in writing with a detailed explanation including the schedule changes and price breakdown.
- Check for specifics
Don’t worry about being nosy; ask lots of questions about every phase of construction. Reputable firms can provide details about their process.
Understanding “how they work” makes it easier for you to envision what it will be like alongside their team week after week during the build. Their preferences for communication styles, scheduling and deadlines could make a huge difference in the quality of the construction journey. Bottom line: you want to have a positive working relationship with your builder.
- Check for quotes
Experienced Kelowna custom home builders are prepared to provide detailed quotes. You want to collect clear, comparable quotes from your prospective firms before making the decision. It’s also worth inquiring about how your prospective firms ensure they stay within your budget.
- Check for communication style
As you get in touch with prospective building companies, take note of the communicative style of each. Are you talking to the same authoritative person every time you call? Do you get consistent, timely replies to emails and voice messages? Do you feel comfortable asking questions and voicing your opinions?
- Check your intuition
At the end of the day, you’re going to have some impressive options to choose from. As you narrow down the list, reflect on your interactions with the firms; gauge your sense of anticipation for working with each one. This is an exciting time; your builder should make it easy to feel thrilled to get started on your project!
Take the time to check. It’s worth it.
Kelowna and the surrounding Okanagan region is a spectacular place to call home. Discover where you belong within its diverse landscape by taking the time to explore what it has to offer.
Likewise, don’t be rushed to match up with a building company right away. Ask for opinions, take a few drives and do your homework. This is a memorable and often once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; savor the adventure with a building team who understands your vision.
Test the checklist with Jazel Homes – get in touch with us today!