Deciding on a Builder
What You Should Know
Before you make your final decision to work with a licensed builder, your research and conversations should give you an understanding of the following information:
- The neighbourhood that the builder is working to build.
- Design of the individual home (including the parts of the design that are optional).
- What can be changed about the design, and what can not.
- How the builder handles upgrades and extras.
- Services that the builder provides throughout the home-buying process, including after you sign the contract, during construction, and before you move-in.
- What is the builder’s policy on visiting the home during construction and the safety and liability concerns.
- When your home will be ready.
- How active will the construction site be after you move in (noise, safety, dust, etc.)
- Warranties that are provided by the builder, and backstopped by Tarion.
- The home-buying process.
Please be aware that, as part of the licensing requirements for home building in Ontario, builders must demonstrate that they have the technical competency to be able to deliver a safe home built to the standards of the Ontario Building Code. Other competencies that builders must demonstrate is their knowledge of customer service best practices and Tarion policies and procedures.