Meet & Interview Local Builders at the HBA's Summer Parade of Homes

June 4, 2018

HBA of Greater Cleveland

Contact:  Brenda Callaghan, Exec. Dir.

6140 West Creek Road

Independence, OH 44131 / PH  216.447.8700 / bcallaghan@HBAcleveland.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: Immediate – June 2018

Meet & Interview Local Builders at the HBA’s Summer Parade of Homes

The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce the annual Summer Parade of Homes, June 2 & 3 and June 9 & 10 from 12 noon – 5 P.M.  The Parade highlights 24 New Homes and 18 professional custom home builders and admission is FREE.  These homes on Tour include styles from modern urban farmhouse architecture to luxurious town homes and everything in between!

HBA Executive Director Brenda Callaghan says, “The Parade gives consumers an opportunity to visit a variety of new homes and interview prospective builders. This year’s homes range in prices from $215,000 to $4 million.” Although most of the homes average about 2500 square feet, there is a variety of designs, pricing, and communities to visit and local builders to meet.

Callaghan adds that if you're in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Whether you are buying a condo, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision or a custom-built house, you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder.

Here are some tips to help you choose a builder.

  • Visit the HBA’s Parade of Homes this month and talk to the builders - the Parade will have 18 professional builders that build homes in northeast Ohio – all on one Tour – over two weekends.
  • Make a list of builders who build the type of home you're looking for in your price range.
  • Do Your Homework - When you have a list of potential builders, it's time to start asking lots of questions — of both the potential builders and the owners of their homes.
  • Visit a builder's recently built homes and/or subdivisions. Introduce yourself to the homeowner and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home.
  • Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate of an impression of a builder you are likely to get.
  • Some questions to ask home owners include: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder?
  • When you talk to builders and home owners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes.
  • When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trim work and paint. Ask the builder or the builder's representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.

The HBA Parade of Homes is sponsored by 84 Lumber.  Consumers should contact the HBA of Greater Cleveland at 216-447-8700 or visit HBAcleveland.com for a list of the homes and directions. Visitors can also download the FREE mobile app, Parade Craze on their smart phone or tablet and view all of the homes in the Parade. Users will see a quick profile of the builder, a list of the homes’ features and get immediate directions to any or all of the homes.

The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement and professionalism of the Building, Remodeling and Associated Industries. The Association is a 350+ member organization that represents all aspects of housing and serves as the voice of housing in northeast Ohio while protecting the Foundation of the American Dream of owning a home.  The HBA encourages consumers planning to build or remodel, to work with a member of their local Home Builders Association because they are professionals who are knowledgeable in the latest building technologies, building codes and housing trends.