EXPLORE AVAILABLE BUILDERS
Since we live in times today where there is no dearth of builders, your priority should be to first find a team that best suits the needs you have in your mind. You can start by asking for recommendations from your friends and family to compile a list of builders, around 5 to 8, to look in to. Follow that up with extensive research online including reviews of existing projects, the team, their overall approach towards quality and the ease with which you can interact with them.
Quality is a key aspect of any project and it is important for you to find a team that is transparent about their approach to quality. You can start by looking at quality certifications such as ISO, AS etc. that the builder has. Follow that up with a check on their sourcing practices (after all you will find it almost impossible to tell the difference of the products used during construction once the project is complete). It is advisable to read the fine print to see if products mentioned are high quality branded products (such as TATA or Jindal for steel; ACC or Ultratech for cement and so on) or brand names are altogether replaced with confusing technical terms and jargons (such as high grade steel, Fe-415 TMT Steel, 33 grade cement and so on). Find out if the builder allows and encourages multiple site visits during the development phase to ensure continued quality of products being used.
ACCESSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
It is indeed important to have trust in the team you will be interacting with, this includes the rapport the team builds with you, the team’s willingness and ability to answer questions, their sincerity about the work process, estimated timelines, paperwork and so on. Ask them questions about usable space including corridors, corners etc. because if the team has an inefficient design system, you will end up with a home that is actually smaller than what you thought the total square feet purchased should have delivered. If you feel your interaction with the team leaves you uncomfortable and mystified in any way throughout your interaction, this may not be a good sign. After all this is the team you will have to believe in to deliver a comfortable home for you and your family to create a lifetime of memories.
ASK QUESTIONS, EVEN SEEMINGLY SILLY ONES
Buying a home is always unique and there may be a number of things you might be unsure of. The team you contact should be able to clarify your doubts for you. Your questions could be about pretty much anything such as the process to get a possession certificate, list of documentations required and timelines for the documentation or even detail product features-related questions. Ask your questions and be upfront about any discomfort or apprehensions. A professional team will encourage you to ask questions and lead you into having a healthy as well as a fruitful interaction all the time. License and Track Record
Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. This cannot be truer than in the context of a home. While design is subjective and you should choose a project from a builder whose design style most appeals to you, here are a few things that you may want to consider as well. In the sense of a house, design is both functional as well as aesthetic and many a times no consideration is given beyond the look of a villa or a house. For example sustainable lifestyle, a synonymous of healthy living, is a critical aspect in today’s context, be it fine air quality, clean water or a walkabililty index. Features such as greenery on the roof or walls, daylighting designs (such as double-height windows and skylights) and other ecological features can not only enhance the aesthetics of a place but also contribute towards a sustainable existence for the future.
Finally, buying a home is a dream as well as a challenge and finding that right team to buy your home from is half the journey towards your destination home. Start with exploring available builders, conduct enquiries and research on construction quality, check on the accessibility and transparency of the team you interact with, ask every little question you have in mind and don’t forget to look into the design philosophy of the project.