What Questions do I ask when building a home?

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If you're having it built for you by a contractor (custom), I would make sure to ask the following:

- How long in business and can I have a list of 5 current references?
- Are you licensed to build new homes in this state?
- May I see a copy of the contract and have my lawyer review it?
- Do you provide the blueprints or do I have to hire an architect?
- Will you provide a completion schedule for the job and adhere to a penalty clause for late completion?
- May I have copies of your liability and workman's compensation insurance certificates?

These are the major questions that all homeowners should ask contractors before signing a contract or giving the contractor any money. There are others that are certainly helpful, but these are primary.
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