The NewHome Source blog recently featured Francois Gratton, Beazer’s Vice President of Construction, on its “Ask a Builder” section, where he offered some potential homebuyers advice on the best time to ask a home builder questions during the construction process.

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Our blog features an “Ask a Builder” section, where you can get a builder’s advice on any burning questions you might have regarding your new home. We recently received the questions below from a home buyer, about the best time to review questions they may have with their builder:

As a buyer of a new home, if I notice something — such as a light fixture that appears not to be centered over the kitchen island — should I ask my builder about it immediately? Or should I hold my question for the final inspection?

And, overall, what types of questions or issues are best raised immediately and what’s best to ask at my final walk-through?

Good questions. We directed them to François Gratton, a vice president of construction for Beazer Homes. The question was not from a Beazer buyer, but Gratton kindly weighed in as a knowledgeable construction executive from a leading builder. His answer:

Beazer Homes has a “pre drywall” meeting with our customer for just such a thing.Any rough item — low-voltage, electrical, plumbing or HVAC — is always easier to catch before we cover up the walls. If caught later, we can make the change, but it involves tearing up our drywall and patching.

A good rule of thumb is that if it’s related to mechanical items and it will get covered by drywall, it’s always best to catch as soon as possible. Any cosmetic items, i.e., drywall or paint blemish, cabinets or interior trims can always be done at the final walkthrough, since there are no destructive repairs to address and correct the issues.

In addition to Gratton’s good advice, here are a few other thoughts from NewHomeSource: Most builders offer a “hard hat” tour, or pre-drywall walkthrough. This meeting is mainly to insure that everything is in its right place. You will also confirm all the selections and options installed per your purchase agreement. This walkthrough generally lasts around one and-a-half hours.

During the final walkthrough, your builder will make sure you’re familiar with your new home’s features as well as instruct you in the operation of your home’s systems and components. They will also explain your maintenance responsibilities and any warranty coverage or upkeep procedures.

The walkthrough is your last chance to point out anything that needs to be corrected or adjusted, so it’s important to be thorough. Examine the countertops, fixtures, floors and walls for any damage and ask any other questions you might have to ensure your home is ready for you and your family. To learn more about walkthroughs, check out our article, Walking the Walk: What to Know About Walkthroughs.

Seve Kale is a writer for NewHomeSource.

Have a question about the building process? Submit it on the “Ask a Builder” page. To read find more articles on the NewHome Source blog, head over to blog.newhomesource.com.

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