What to consider while deciding a builder or home renovation contractor
The custom home building experience is a major turning point in your life, because it’s the matter of your major investment, the value of your equity and of your lifestyle. Either you are building New custom home or doing extensive home renovations you have to ask the following questions from your builder or contractor:
Q: How do you select a builder who can turn your dream into reality?
As a luxury custom home builder, we understand the importance of right decisions in every step—from the crucial step of choosing a builder to the finishing. It’s a process that involves not only credibility, but also honesty and sincerity.
For your satisfaction and comfort, consider the following when choosing a builder:
- Is the builder passionate about his work?
- Is the builder using consultants and experts for input?
- Is the builder has home renovations ideas on a budget?
- Is the builder known for outstanding quality and provide the after sales service and warranty?
Q: What value added program does the builder have?
Ask your builder or home renovation contractor that
- How flexible the builder is in the selection of materials you like to prefer?
- Is the builder known for candid and effective communication with clients?
- Do the builder’s skills match up well with your project?
- Is the builder known for meeting deadlines and handle budgets?
- Does the builder respect home owner’s choice in the home’s design?
- Does the builder have sound educational and working background?
Q: Are Mayfair Homes doing home renovation?
Yes. But this involves different skills, experience and expertise. Often there is the case that building a new home is easier than renovating an existing one. In this backdrop, we do reconstruction, exclude unwanted elements and include things required and also remodel it if situation demands or a customer wants to. We accept old home renovations as a challenge.
Q: Would Mayfair Homes help me in design my new custom home?
Certainly. Our first preference always is a design-build project which sets a platform for us to coordinate with the in-house architects. It is a win-win scenario with optimum communication that helps us to finish the project within budget and in time. We will listen carefully to your needs and desires, and design your custom home that way.
Q: What is Mayfair Homes on-time record? How much time does it take?
We consistently bring our jobs on time and schedule it in MS project. This directly contributes to money saving – TIME IS MONEY – less aggravated and a satisfying experience for you. Of course, weather dictates a lot to this time frame. If we experience a great deal of poor weather or city bylaw approval processes, the construction can take a bit longer time than expected.
Pre-construction city approvals are a tedious procedure and may take 6 weeks to one year.
- Architectural design, back and forth process and final approval may take one to three months
- Custom home construction phase has an average time of nine months to one year from start to finish
Q: What is the typical square footage price to build a decent custom home?
Usually we give full freedom to our clients in mill-work details, materials selection and finishes which is a step toward their feeling of comfort. We split the project into two parts: up to the drywall and final features & finishes, for the convenience of our customer. After a careful evaluation of the plans and specifications, we would estimate a firm price which would depend on wish-list and specifications. However our new home construction start from $175/sq ft and home renovation estimate depends on the scope of work. We give the average cost of home up to the drywall and for final features & finishes and that we charge on a cost plus fee basis. We developed this formula from our experience to minimize the interest of conflict; however we are flexible to change it in accordance with the clients’ demand.
Q: Why do we insist on 3D BIM Rendering Services?
We always try to mitigate the risk out of the “price equation” and finish the project on the budget. A perception in the industry is, finishing budget is 25% more than the preliminary estimates.
Of course, along the way, most customers will make changes and these change orders are the prime reasons for an increase in the cost. With proper planning early in the process, we can visualize the project from different perspectives and thus, we minimize dramatic changes to the original price. These strategies save us from running short of the budget and from the conflicts with customers.
Q: What sort of warranty do we offer?
We offer Tarion warranty for new custom home construction which ensures that homeowners receive the warranty coverage, under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.
- For home renovation, we offer complete one-year warranty on the finished job.
- Most of our subcontractors’ offer two-year labor warranties and the appliances we install, range from five years to lifetime coverage.
- We provide free inspection twice a year –up to the second year.
- For an additional cost, we offer a warranty that covers our homes through seven years or Tarion home warranty!
Q: What sizes of projects do we take?
We consider your trust first, some may be big projects, but we are ready to take up those because of our proven record of good performance. Through our experience we know that whatever small project we take up, good performance encourages and cater the way to perform big projects. Whether it’s a project of a few thousand dollars or a few million dollars, we give equal importance to all projects irrespective of sizes and budgets, and we are always ready to discuss with our clients.
Q: I need help planning my kitchen renovation. What should I look for?
We love to do kitchen renovations in different houses, especially in the old houses. Our cabinetmakers have made some of the beautiful and rigid kitchen cabinets in and around Toronto. We can design and draw your kitchen in a style and look that represents the epoch and architectural finesse.
Q: How much experience do you have in “green” construction?
We are working with LEED certified architects and designers, and have been using sustainable construction materials and technologies. Saving historic homes and barns from demolition is a vital area in green construction. We have adequate know-how for insulating old houses; we often use reclaimed materials. We use Eco-friendly and non-toxic plywood in our cabinetry. We’ve incorporated geothermal heating, cooling and solar electricity systems in quite a few of our projects.
Q: Is selection of a lot really important?
Real estate agents have a short but tempting saying– “location, location and location.” There is a strong correlation between the neighborhood and the lifestyle. You can build 5000 Sq/ft luxury home in two bedroom dwelling neighborhood; but in that case you will jeopardize your investment. Our real estate agent will recommend you a variety of sites consistent with your project size and budget which will play a major role in the project equity.
The architecture of your home will depend on your site selection. Your builder and architects will work together with the specific features of your choice, taking your wish list and specification into consideration and keeping in mind the factors like exposure, orientation, wind, view, drainage, and access to utilities. They will also actively consider the city zoning laws, Ontario Building Codes, Environmental restriction, other non conforming issues and deed limits.
Mayfair Homes offer a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your home site – whether you’ve already purchased a lot or you’re evaluating several properties. If you’re just getting started in your search, we can help you by recommending a custom home specialized realtor, landowners and developers from our wide network.
Q: What are the things I should consider in choosing an architect?
Does the architect specialize in custom home design? You can consult with us or with your friends who can help you find an architect, who is capable of differentiating custom home designer and cookie cutter subdivision designer.
- Is the architect fair enough to incorporating your ideas and vision into the design?
- Does the architect provide you 3D rendering for appropriate changes?
- Do you need an architect who can handle any of the following services can produce a scale model, or be able to design interior finishes, manage change orders, and review audit billing?
- Does the architect specialize in design work or the mechanical aspects?
Does the architect have the time and capacity to devote to your project, to go over the timeline?
If you have any other question regarding your new custom home construction or your existing home renovations Toronto, home additions contractors, home remodeling, Historic Home Renovation or complete restoration of home, don’t hesitate to call us at 416-949-5050