What Plans are Available? Builders often have a range of plans to suit your needs, or at least can get access to those plans. If you plan to build from scratch, make sure you have walked through a similar plan, and pay attention to some of the finer details, such as closet and storage space. Certain plans can only fit on certain width lots, so you may have to start with the lot and go from there.
What are the Architectural controls? These are details a house must have within a particular neighbourhood with such controls. For example, if you wish to have a triple garage on your home, make sure the area you are in allows for that garage style. Some neighbourhoods must have homes that conform to a particular style of house (eg. Craftsman or modern contemporary).
Is there an HOA fee? Even if your future home is not a Condo, it may be subject to Home Owners Association fees, which are often due annually or even monthly. We are seeing more and more new Neighbourhoods (particularly in Edmonton) with these fees assigned on Title. Sometimes they are used for aesthetic maintenance of the neighbourhood, or the functioning of a particular feature, such as a fountain. Make sure you know what these are and the related costs.
What upgrades can the Builder provide? Depending on the market, and for the right price, many Builders may be able to include extras such as deck, fence, landscaping and even basement development. It is important that you have a realtor to have on your side to assist through this process.