BUYING A NEW HOME.

Choosing a Builder.

A home is the largest investment most Canadians make in their lifetime. When you decide to purchase a new home, the reputation of the builder is one of the many items you'll want to consider. Buying from a builder with a solid reputation for providing quality and excellent service brings you peace of mind.

1. HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT ABOUT A BUILDER

Ask people who have purchased from the company previously about their home and their buying experience. Take a drive through completed neighbourhoods by that builder and look at the architecture and streetscapes. Tour model homes whenever possible for a first-hand look at design, quality and craftsmanship. Visit the builder's website and read about the company's history, accomplishments, awards, etc. Most new home builders in the Greater Toronto Area are also members of BILD - Building Industry and Land Development Association (www.bildgta.ca). Look for the "Building Confidence" logo, or call BILD directly at (416) 391-HOME (4663). For a more comprehensive look at builders, check with Tarion Warranty Corporation (www.tarion.com). You can look up a specific builder and access a record of the company's possessions, chargeable conciliations and claims history dating back 10 years. Tarion updates this information quarterly.
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2. KNOW THE BUILDER

Although there are many reputable builders in Ontario, it is always a good idea to take some time to determine which builder fits your style and quality expectations. Have a look at various websites, visit model suites and meet the sales representatives. Learn about a builder's reputation through someone who actually lives in one of the homes they've developed. Also, find out about their track record and if they have at least a decade of experience. An easy to use resource for research of builders is on the Tarion website: Find a Builder BILD – Building Industry and Land Development Association can also assist you in making an informed decision during your search for a new home.