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Cornell Custom Homes, Inc. (CCH) – has built luxurious custom homes ranging from 3,000-sq. ft. to 13,000-sq. ft.

There are many steps involved in building your dream home, from land selection to inspection. Each step has it's own challenges and rewards. People embarking on the adventure of building their own custom home may not be aware of all the stages involved, and are at times, a bit daunted by the magnitude of the project that lies ahead. Click on the link below and read the 10 Things you should ask your contractor before they are hired.
 
10 Things you should ask your contractor before they are hired

  1. Check with the Contractors State license board to make sure the builder has a license and that the license is in good standing.

  2. Make sure the contractor can provide you with proof of workman’s comp insurance and liability insurance. Also ask if the builder has ever needed to make a claim on the liability insurance since they have been in business. If the contractor does not have liability or workman’s comp then you should not consider this builder to build your home.

  3. Ask if a client has ever sued the contractor or had any liens put on any job from sub-contractor. If they have been sued before this should be major factor to consider before hiring them. Also if a lien was ever placed on one of their jobs from a sub-contractor, then that means that they have not paid that sub contractor and the sub contractor filed the lien to try to secure payment. A contractor who never had liens on their jobs before or never had any lawsuits in the past would show the type of character of the contractor you are considering.

  4. Get a list of current and past clients that the builder has done work for and call them and ask them questions about the builder and if they were happy with them.

  5. Ask them to take you to go see some current homes under construction and a home done within the last year or two. If they don’t have any thing to show you that is under construction or recently finished then this might not be the right builder for you. If they can show you a home that is completed and being lived in, this would be a good sign as this means the past client is happy and likes the builder enough that he can show the home to other clients.

  6. Be careful of contractor’s who have limited experience in building custom homes. Just because a contractor has a license does not mean he’s qualified or has ever built a custom home before. A contractor who does nothing but room additions or remodels or commercial jobs might not be the best choice to build your custom home.

  7. Ask the contractor how much supervision will your job get and how often they are willing to meet you at your job with questions you might have for them. Some contractors actually charge extra to have set meetings or if you call them more than a certain amount of times in a month so beware of this.

  8. Beware of cost plus contracts, as they can be open checkbooks for the contractor to hit the homeowner with many extras during the course of the job. In talking to customers who have built custom homes this way, they more times than not regret it. Some contractor’s play games with the numbers and the quality of the products they bid to get the job, then once the job starts the homeowner’s get change orders for the things they thought they should have been getting already. Be really careful if you decide to choose this option to build your home.

  9. Check the specifications that the contractor gives you when getting the bid for your home. If no specs are given or they say they’re bidding it per plan, this could be a major red flag. As even the most detailed plans usually don’t have every little detail specified and this could be a cause of major frustration for a homeowner thinking they are getting a certain product but instead get something different. Some contractors also use poorly detailed plans to bid cheaper items so they get the job and by the time the homeowner realizes, it’s too late.

  10. Ask the contractor how change orders are handled and if there is a set percentage that the contractor marks them up. This is important because if this is clear from the beginning them there will be no questions about it once the first change order is made.
  • Located in Chino, California
  • Established in 1993
  • Residential Contractor
  • Honesty, Integrity and Experience
  • Family Owned Business
  • Areas Served: Orange County, San Bernadino, & Riverside
  • Licensed and Insured
  • Reasonable Rates

Members of:

  • Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.
  • Western Regional Master Builders Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • The Better Business Bureau
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