Obviously we hope that once you meet the Novera Homes team, you’ll choose us to build your new home. As custom home specialists, building your dream home is our dream job!
We know that choosing a custom homebuilder is the biggest decision you’ll have to make. With that in mind, we’ve included 7 important questions that you should ask your potential homebuilder. These questions will also get you thinking about the exciting journey ahead.
How many years have you been in business?
We have been in business as Novera Homes since 2006, though we have more than 30 years experience as builders. Over that period, we have worked with many of the city’s well-known architectural firms, including Colizza Bruni Architecture, Hamel Design, and Project1 Studio.
What makes you different from other builders?
Where to start? Our focus on customer service, our attention to detail, our emphasis on delivering your home on time and on budget — in other words, we work closely with you from start to finish to ensure a pleasant and professional custom home build. It’s that simple.
Are you good with budgets?
We understand budgets and how to work within them! As the design process progresses, Novera Homes will guide you through your budget and finalize a customized building schedule that fits your needs. You may decide you want a fixed-cost contract or a cost-plus option — we can explain them both in detail and determine what’s right for you.
Can you provide references?
Of course! We can definitely put you in touch with previous clients, as well as architects we have worked with in the past. We’d love to show you photos of our previous custom homes and discuss them with you in detail. We know that seeing the range of home styles we have worked on (and the architects and interior designers we have worked with) will give you confidence.
Do you provide a warranty on your work?
Yes, we do. We’re registered through Tarion, the Ontario government program that ensures that builders meet provincial standards. Our goal with every custom home is that it’s absolutely perfect when you move in — that means going through the house with a fine-tooth comb to make sure every detail is just right. We hope there’s nothing left to fix, but if you discover something we’ll be over in a flash.
Will you be available if I want regular construction updates?
One of the advantages of working with Novera Homes is that we focus on a select few custom-home builds each year. That means one of our co-owners will always be available to update you on the progress of your home.
Can you help me to find an architect?
Yes, we can. If you need an architect or designer, we can make recommendations based on your design style and dream features. On the other hand, if you already have an architect and a custom-home plan in place, we’ll study your design in detail and provide advice on the fine-tuning of the architectural drawings. Sometimes just a few small refinements can add up to big savings on construction costs.