How to choose your home builder?

Are you embarking on a new home construction project? Know that for this, you will need to choose a single-family home builder. This essential choice must not be left to chance or conditioned by price, but by the skills, know-how and security of a suitable construction contract. Don’t leave your project to chance and make the right choice of builder to bring your home to life. Discover the essential points to take into account in order to call on a trusted professional.

Choose a home builder who offers you essential guarantees

To support you in the realization of your project, you must be able to trust a construction professional who provides you with guarantees. A builder must offer you a legal construction contract, but the guarantees vary from one to another.

Here are the two key points that should help you make your choice.

The CCMI or Individual House Construction Contract: a contract that protects

This contract was created by the law of 1990 to protect future owners when they undertake the construction of their house. It is not mandatory and is therefore not offered by all manufacturers. This contract does not mean that any builder who does not offer one is incompetent and that any builder who does offer one is honest, but it does protect the future purchaser from a large number of risks.

The CCMI is indeed a reassuring contract which regulates the rise in the price of materials, avoiding the builder to impose the tariffs of his choice. Since no added value can be added, all additional costs that would occur on the construction site will be the responsibility of the builder and not the owner.

In addition, the CCMI sets a delivery price and deadlines that the manufacturer must respect. Consequently, the future purchaser is assured of being able to dispose of this property at the agreed price and within a predefined period, and this regardless of the constraints to which the builder is exposed during the construction site.

The CCMI also guarantees the client that the new house will comply with the thermal regulatory standards of RT 2012. In the event of non-compliance, the builder must assume the shortcomings and carry out repairs at his expense. In the absence of CCMI, the responsibility lies with the future owner, even if he calls on an architect. If the construction is assessed as non-compliant, the client must carry out compliance work at its own expense after having paid a possible fine of 45,000 euros.

Quality exchanges and attentive listening: the guarantees of a personalized service

Your builder’s mission is to carry out your new house construction project. Of course, not all desires are achievable within the allocated budget, but within the framework of his profession, this professional must listen to you and offer you solutions that meet your desires, your needs and your expectations, while respecting your financial capacities.

This relationship of trust and listening is essential. The builder must let you express yourself and listen to your expectations, he must identify your project and, in a way, your profile as a future owner in order to build the house that meets your needs. A builder who does not let you express yourself or who imposes house plans or modifications on you will not necessarily be incompetent, but he may not understand your desires and miss your project. Being the future occupant of the premises, it is up to you to decide what you want, as far as possible.

Be careful, however, not to fall into the opposite excess and not to turn away from all the manufacturers who cannot meet all of your wishes. Every project is unique, but your budget may not be enough to cover your goals. In this case, the manufacturer will have to offer you adapted solutions which will satisfy your needs while respecting your financial possibilities.

Learn about the skills and know-how of the builder

The reliability of the manufacturer

It is important to check that the chosen builder is competent. Do not hesitate to ask the various professionals encountered to present you with constructions carried out by them, or even to show you sample houses. However, dishonest builders may rely on bogus designs or competitor achievements to shed light on a non-existent experience.

When you have selected a builder that you like or a panel of professionals that seem interesting, do not hesitate to go to the sites carried out or to contact the owners of these properties. Ask them for an opinion on the work done so that you get a real idea of ​​the knowledge and know-how of the proposed company.

Likewise, you can approach some local artisans to give you their opinion on the builder you are interested in. Always make sure you get information from multiple sources, because a professional’s word alone is not always enough.

The skills of artisans

On your site, several craftsmen from different trades will have to intervene. Mason, drywaller, electrician, plumber, tiler, painter… these professionals meet and all intervene at the time defined by the builder. Find out about the team recruited by the company to which you want to entrust the construction of your future home.

If your builder calls on a solid team of professionals with recognized know-how with whom he is used to working, you limit the risk of unpleasant surprises. On the other hand, if it relies on craftsmen whom it does not know or untrained temporary workers, the risks of poor workmanship are greater. If your builder is honest and transparent, he will give you the names of the professionals he is used to working with. Inquire!

Things to watch out for on the construction site

Even if you have made your choice of builder, you will need to remain vigilant throughout the construction site. When signing the contract, your builder must offer you various steps to organize site visits. You will be able to assess compliance with the contract, the cleanliness of the premises and the quality of the materials chosen.

Visit the site very regularly on your side, especially when the craftsmen are present to access the interiors, in order to monitor the proper conduct of the site. Note any anomalies and report them to your builder. This will allow you to save precious time, especially during the final site acceptance visit.