Interested in Building a Home?

What information should you have compiled?

  • square ft of plot

  • desired specs for house (# of rooms, # of bathrooms, garage?, ranch?)

  • documents stating ownership

  • documents proving the city has approved construction at the site

If you have all of the above information compiled, what is the next step?
 

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Make a List of Possible Builders

Once you have thought about the type of house you want, you can create a list of potential builders.

  • Contact AHBA to obtain a list of reputable builders who construct homes in Anchorage or check out the Directory!

  • Look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the prices you can expect to pay. Make a list of builders who build the type of home you're looking for in your price range. 

  • Local real estate agents may also be able to help you in your search.

  • Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Ask about builders they have dealt with directly, or ask them for names of acquaintances who have recently had a good experience with a builder.

Do Your Homework

When you have a list of potential builders, it's time to start asking lots of questions - of both the potential builders and the owners of their homes.

  • Interview potential home builders to get the answers to all the questions you have. 

  • Visit a builder's recently built homes and subdivisions. Drive by on a Saturday morning when home owners may be outside doing chores or errands. Introduce yourself and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home. Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate an impression of a builder you are likely to get. 

  • Some example questions to ask homeowners: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder?

  • Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they'll probably want to tell you why.

  • At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.

Shop for Quality and Value

Look at new homes whenever you can. Home shows and open houses sponsored by builders are good opportunities to look at homes. Model homes and houses displayed in home shows are often furnished to give you ideas for using the space. You may also ask a builder to see unfurnished homes. 

When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trim work, and paint. Ask the builder or the builder's representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer. 

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