5 Questions to Ask Your Builder

5 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Building a new custom home is an exciting experience, but it can also be a little intimidating.   An important first step in building a home starts with choosing your builder.   Often, folks begin their initial questions to a potential builder by asking about cost per square foot and whether or not they can supply their own trades or suppliers to save money.  These questions only scratch the surface on what a homebuyer should consider to ensure a positive building experience.

To get you started, here are 5 initial questions to ask your builder as you begin your journey:

  1. Can I walk through some of your recently built homes and meet the owners?

A solid, reputable builder will have no problem providing a prospective client with a list of past customers.  It’s a good idea to have the builder connect with each name on the list to inform them they may be contacted.   Past customers will be able to tell you if the builder was organized and pleasant to work with.  Find out if their home was finished to their expectations, on budget, and on time.   Before you leave, consider asking “Is there anything else I should be asking or you want me to know?”

  1. Who will be in charge of building my home each day?

A dedicated lead carpenter assigned specifically to your home from groundbreaking to finish will be able to consistently answer your questions throughout construction and maintain communication with scheduled trades and suppliers.   While there can be occasional lulls in the process, your go to person will always be available to keep you updated on the timeline and anticipated progress.

  1. Are you a member of your local Home Builders’ Association?

As a member of a Home Builders’ Association, your builder has committed his or her self to a Code of Ethics which is based on principles of fairness, integrity, and client satisfaction.  Membership is an indication of professionalism, dedication to the business of home building, and planning to be in business for the long term.

  1. What is your home building experience?

It takes dedication and commitment to stay current with all the details of building a solid home.  Whether a builder has 5 or 25 years of experience, a good builder will honestly share details of his or her business background, construction training, and what sets him or her apart from others.  An experienced builder will confidently tell you what he or she can do for you and for how much.

  1. How often will I receive an updated budget and schedule?

Let’s face it, your most valuable commodities are your time and your money.   A common complaint made by many homebuyers is that they are frequently unsure of how much money is still needed for completion and how much longer the construction will take.  By staying in touch with your budget, you will be able to make ongoing decisions on materials and finishes.  Regular schedule updates will assist you in knowing when to anticipate completion.  An important key to a smooth construction project is a builder who provides ongoing, easy to understand reports to clients.

Choosing the right builder is just as important as choosing the right design for your home.    A good relationship with your builder will last long after the home is complete and throughout the warranty period.

Sales are Starting at THE VINE!

WE ARE READY TO START SALES AT THE VINE!!!

We finally have the thumbs up to start selling homes in Abbotsford newest development, THE VINE at Pepin Brook!  We’ve had a lot of interest since news about THE VINE was released in January.  Don’t wait to contact Surinder Sarowa, our Re/MAX agent if you are interested!  Or contact us through our website

 FLOOR PLANS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Check our website www.sonbuilthomes.com/thevine for floor plans.   We’ve released several floor plans including a couple of designs featuring Master on The Main, as well as a 2 story home.  We have a couple more designs to release in the coming days.  Check our website for more information.  

WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?

If you’ve driven by the Abbotsford site over the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen the changes taking place.  We have begun preparing the site for services like water and power.  It won’t be long and this Fraser Valley site will be ready for 16 high performance homes.

FINISHES IN THE HOME

We’ve also added a lot of information to our website included colour palettes, interior finishes, exterior options, high performance home information, and warranty information as well.  Feel free to browse through the various web pages and give Surinder a call if you have any questions.

Thank you Pepin Brook!

The support and encouragement we have received from our neighbours here in Pepin Brook has been incredible!  Thank you!

Realtor Contact Info:

Surinder Sarowa, Real Estate Consultant

RE/MAX Aldercenter Realty

CELL:  (604) 825-3962

surinder@sarowa.ca

Site Sign

Checking in at THE VINE

Looking for an Update on Progress at THE VINE?  READ ON!

We’ve been busy.  There are numerous “behind the scene” tasks that take place when completing a development of any size.  THE VINE is no exception!  We are excited and moving forward.  Give us another few weeks or so and the site will begin to change dramatically.  We are aiming to start home construction later this year.

Tree Falling Complete

After a few months of avoiding the rain and clearing the land we are happy to announce that all of the major trees have been fallen.  We are excited to move on to the next stage to prepare the land for 16 beautiful high performance homes.

Fourth Reading from the City of Abbotsford

Abbotsford City Council approved our proposal to rezone the land for THE VINE, meaning that THE VINE is officially on the map to occupy single family residential homes!  We would like to thank everyone at the City for being so helpful and encouraging as we move forward with our project.

Design Guidelines

The design guidelines determine the finishes and overall character of the homes to be built.  These guidelines have to be approved by the City before we can begin taking initial deposits for specific lots for custom homes.  We anticipate these guidelines will be submitted to the City in the next few weeks.

Visit Our Webpage!

Our webpage for THE VINE will be getting some updates soon.  Click here!  Actually, we’ve prepared a lot of information on the back end of this website and everything will be made live in the near future.  Check back often and while you are here, feel free to look around and discover some of our other pages such as our vlog “New Homes Built Right”.  See just what it is that sets Sonbuilt apart from other builders.

Just Can’t Wait?

If you have specific questions about the lots and homes, or want clarification on any details concerning THE VINE, please feel free to contact our RE/MAX realtor, Surinder Sarowa at (604) 825-3962 or at Surinder’s website www.sarowa.ca.  He is more than willing to assist to the best of his ability.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned!  Thanks for your interest in what we do!

radon gas

Radon Gas in Your Home

What is Radon Gas?

We all want our homes to be as safe as can be for our family. There is a danger that we are just becoming aware of that most people probably haven’t ever heard of in the form of Radon gas.   Radon gas is an odourless, tasteless, invisible radioactive gas produced from the breakdown of uranium in soils.

Why is Radon Gas so Dangerous?

Radon gas is airborne and can be inhaled.  While in your lungs, these particles breakdown even further, releasing small bursts of radioactive energy causing damage.  As a result, there is an increased risk of developing lung cancer when they reproduce.

Did You Know …

Health Canada estimates that about 16% of lung cancers deaths in Canada are attributable to radon.  It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading environmental cause of cancer.

 

How Can Radon Gas Get Into My Home?

Radon can get into your home anywhere it finds an opening where your home contacts soil.  For example, cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, and water supply.

To find out if your home has a radon problem you have to measure the radon concentration inside of it.

How Do I Test My Home for Radon?

There are radon professionals in the Greater Vancouver area like Radon Environmental who can work with you to test your home.  They provide radon mitigation solutions for residential homes and workplaces.

As a builder, we use radon mitigation products in the construction of your home to decrease the amount of radon gas capable of seeping into the home.   By doing so, we ensure your new home is safe and free from harmful levels of radon gas.

Health and safety is one of our top priorities, which is why radon mitigation is an important aspect to every one of our new homes.  We urge you to look into what you can do to keep your family safe.

Watch our video to learn more.

Radon Gas

Langley Spring Home Expo

Come Say “Hi!” at our Booth!

Be sure to stop by our booth when you visit the Langley Spring Home Expo this weekend!

This Langley based show has a vast array of both interior and exterior products for your home and features a number of landscaping, remodeling, interior design, and home construction companies from areas throughout Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

 

Langley Spring Home Expo

Location : George Preston Rec. Center  20699 42 Avenue in Langley

Show Hours :

Friday, April 13              1:00pm  –  6:00pm

Saturday, April 14          9:30am  –  5:30pm

Sunday, April 15            10:00am  –  4:00pm

Free parking and admission.  Looking forward to it!

Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting – The Answer is in Nature

Last month we celebrated “World Water Day” which gives us the opportunity to seriously consider how we as individuals and as a society are conserving or wasting the water at our disposal. This year’s theme is “The Answer is in Nature”, here at Sonbuilt we couldn’t agree more. Living in the Fraser Valley we are very accustomed to wet rainy days, those days provide the plenty of opportunity to harvest rain water and use it instead of letting be wasted down a storm drain.

Rainwater Harvesting Basics

A rain water harvesting system collects the water that falls on your roof and stores it in tanks until you are ready to use it. There are some limits to those uses; however what you are able to use it for includes flushing toilets, laundry, and even watering your lawn during the dry weeks! Sonbuilt is actually responsible for the construction of a home with the largest Graf residential rain water harvesting system in Canada, comprised of 9 tanks that that can hold up to 1,700 U.S. Gallons of water each.

An Economic Option

Water conservation is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also economic. After the initial cost of the tanks and the pump, there is no charge for collecting the water from your roof, and then redistributing that to your plants at a later time, or using it to dispose of waste after every flush of the toilet.

Feel free to visit the websites of our suppliers:  University Sprinklers and Barr Plastics.

Sonbuilt Rainwater Harvesting

Whole Home Surge Protection

Protect Your Investment with Whole Home Surge Protection

Protecting your entire home from power surges is an important step in keeping your home safe, especially during seasons of high winds and ice storms.  We’ve had some interesting weather this winter resulting in several days of power outages and very cold temperatures.  I heard of several homes encountering devastating power surges leaving home electronics destroyed and unsafe.

A Holmes Approved Product

This past January we visited the International Builder’s Show in Orlando with Mike Holmes and his son, Mike Holmes Jr. and daughter Sherry Holmes.   One of the booths we stopped by at was the Eaton booth.  Eaton sells a small, cost effective device that provides whole home surge protection.  This is a  Mike Holmes approved product and offers a smart way to keep your home safe from potential power surges.

Install One In Your Next Home

As a Holmes Approved Home builder, Sonbuilt Custom Homes installs this surge protection device in the homes we build.  Just another step we take to build new homes right!

Jonathan Carmen Zerkee

Best Certified Home!

Winner!  Best Certified Home!

One of our custom homes recently won a Special Achievement Award for “Best Certified Home” at the Housing Awards of Excellence Gala by the Canadian Home Builders of the Fraser Valley.  The Drysdale is a home we designed and built for a family living in Chilliwack.

A High Performance Home

This high performance home is certified R-2000 and received an air test of 0.57 air changes per hour.  It has an ICF (insulated concrete forms) foundation, triple glazed windows, airtight drywall, navien hot water tank, low flow toilets, and a heat recovery ventilator for regular fresh air.

Building this home was a great experience and working with this family was pure fun!  The site is located in the midst of beautiful mountains and sheep farms.  There were some days we felt a little guilty for disturbing this peaceful setting with our power tools!

Thank you CHBA FV!

We want to say a big “thank you” to the Canadian Home Builders Association of the Fraser Valley for awarding us this honour!

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo – February 9 – 11, 2018

We are very excited to be in the Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo in Abbotsford at Tradex on February 9 – 11!  Come visit us at booths 212, 213, and 214.

This Fraser Valley based show has a vast array of both interior and exterior products for your home and features a number of landscaping, remodeling, interior design, and home construction companies from areas throughout Greater Vancouver.

Main Stage Speakers!

As well, both Jonathan and Carmen Zerkee of Sonbuilt Custom Homes are very pleased to be guest speakers on the Main Stage at the show.  We are speaking Friday at 2:30pm, Saturday at 11am and 2:45pm, and Sunday at 11am.  Come hear our presentation “Step Up to One Level Living”.

Show Location:  Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC

Show Times:

Friday:  1pm – 9pm

Saturday:  10am – 6pm

Sunday:  10am – 4pm

Click here for admission prices and show info.

See you at the show!

Introducing “THE VINE” at Pepin Brook!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are very excited to introduce you to THE VINE at Pepin Brook!  This 16 lot development featuring upscale high performance homes is coming to the West Abbotsford area of the Fraser Valley in 2018.  Each home will be minimum ENERGY STAR qualified resulting in lower energy bills, better home comfort, and healthier indoor air quality.  These homes will be, simply put, better to live in.

Standards Approved by Mike Holmes

As an added bonus, each home will be built to standards approved by the Holmes Approved Homes program.  This program integrates proper building practices with quality products to build homes that go above and beyond residential standards from construction to final inspection.  Sonbuilt Custom Homes is a Mike Holmes approved builder.  We will go above and beyond industry standards to give you the best home building experience we can.

Webpage is Up and Running!

While we are in the initial stages of launching our marketing, we have set up a webpage THE VINE to give information on where and what THE VINE is.  Please visit this page for more information.  In the coming weeks we’ll be adding floor plans and additional information.

Interested?

Interested?  We thought you would be!  Check out THE VINE webpage and put your name on our INTEREST LIST.  These 16 homes will sell quickly!

Stay tuned for our social media advertising!  It’s all coming soon!