What To Look for in a Home Builder

Written by:Sterling Homes,

February 16, 2018

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If you want a brand-new home, you need to start by finding a builder that offers a quality product to meet your needs at a price you can afford. With so many builders to choose from offering a wide range of models, styles and price points, you’ll want to enter the process with a strong sense of what you’re looking for. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you along your new home buying journey. 


When you work with an experienced builder, you won’t have to worry about craftsmanship. After all, if a company produces a shoddy product, they won’t be able to stay in business. The benefits of experience go far beyond the obvious, though. Experienced builders have developed relationships with suppliers, and they know how to time the ordering of supplies so there are no delays during the build. Experienced builders also know how to cater their homes and their communities to buyers. You’re not taking a risk by building in a new Edmonton community.

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With over 60 years of experience, Sterling Homes can create your dream home in a community that fits your needs.

A Variety of Home Styles 

As we mentioned, each builder has a unique style. Modern styles with sharp angles are a popular choice these days, but some people prefer a more classic look. Sometimes, the builder is restricted by community guidelines, but you often find builders tend to have a preferred style.

You should also consider what type of home you want. If you want a detached home, do you want one with a front-attached garage or do you prefer the neat look of a laned homeTownhomes and duplexes are more affordable, but not all builders create these styles. Some builders offer only one type of home, while others offer a variety. 

Flexible Floor Plans 

In building your home, you get to choose the layout of the rooms. Your choices are usually based off of a few plans the builder already has. Large families, for instance, may want a home with a big mudroom, extra bedrooms, and a separate living room and family room. Retired couples might prefer single-storey homes. 

Some families want the option of finishing the basement to include a guest or in-law suite. Make a list of your family’s needs, then check out the floor plans at various builders to see which ones are best suited to you.

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You want a home that’s going to last. This means quality workmanship and quality building supplies. Look at these things as you tour various show homes. Open and close the doors and drawers. Look carefully at light switches and outlets to be sure they’re flush against the wall. Ask the Area Manager about the suppliers and types of products used in the home build, then look for reviews to see if others have had problems. 

Upgrades Included

You want to get the best price on your home, but if you want a lot of upgrades, you may be better off looking for builders who include these finishes as standard. One builder’s starting price might be low, but when you select the products you want, the price can quickly increase. For instance, Sterling Homes includes quartz countertops in all of their homes, but other builders might include this popular material an upgrade.

The Best New Neighbourhoods 

Where you live is just as important as the house you live in. Some might even say it’s more important. You want a neighbourhood that’s convenient for commuting and close to plenty of amenities. If you have kids, you might want a neighbourhood with a playground. Those who like jogging might prefer one with paved trails. These little things will make a big difference in your overall happiness, so research neighbourhoods and choose from the builders who build in the neighbourhood you want.


Ultimately, you want a home that fits your budget. Make a list of the things you want in your home, and get quotes from various builders. Let them know your budget and explain what types of homes you can purchase within that range. Don’t let anyone pressure you into getting upgrades that increase the cost.

Warranties and Guarantees

All new homes will come with a new home warranty, but some builders will offer better protection for you than others. Be sure to ask about the builder’s warranty. Read the fine print to compare. A warranty is only good if you’ll be able to use it when you need it.

There are plenty of great builders throughout Edmonton, and it’s important to get a sense of what each one has to offer. When you find a builder that meets your needs and can build a home within your budget, you’ve found the right one for you.

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